Renegotiating the Social Contract
18 Pages Posted: 3 May 2011 Last revised: 5 Mar 2018
Date Written: May 1, 2011
This review of "The Supportive State: Families, Government and America’s Political Ideals" highlights Maxine Eichner’s important theoretical contributions to both liberal political theory and feminist theory, applauding her success in reforming liberalism to account for dependency, vulnerability, and families. The review then considers some implications of Eichner’s proposals and their likely reception among feminists. It concludes that The Supportive State is a sound and inspiring response to recent calls that feminist theory move from being strictly a school of criticism to developing a theory of governance.
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