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Economic Freedom and Social Justice

The Classical Ideal of Equality in Contexts of Racial Diversity

Authors: Njoya, Wanjiru

  • Helps resolve ongoing debates about the inconsistencies between freedom goals and equality in advancing social justice
  • Explains how recent social justice debates have shaped the regulation of racial discrimination in employment
  • Reasserts the importance of individual liberty in framing antidiscrimination law and promoting wider participation
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This book analyses the egalitarian foundations of equality law from a classical liberal perspective by asking two central questions: does justice ideally demand equality? Are differences in abilities among people in some sense unfair? The book examines these questions in the context of racial diversity.

Racial justice as a component of social justice is often considered to be so emotionally and morally compelling that its implications for economic freedom are rarely subjected to critical scrutiny. In defending the classical ideal of formal equality in contexts of racial diversity this book questions the ethical status of egalitarian social and moral ideals. Economic Freedom and Social Justice argues that egalitarian ideals, like all subjective value judgements, must be subjected to critical intellectual inquiry rather than treated axiomatically. Drawing upon the legal framework in the UK and other common law jurisdictions, this book shows some of the ways in which egalitarian ideals, in addition to resting on false premises, are costly, harmful, and ultimately inimical to justice and liberty. The book argues that legal entitlements and policy guidelines constructed upon notions of racial equity are wrongly constituted as the main prism through which liberal market democracies govern private relationships, including the employment relationship. 

Written in a clear and forthright style, this book will be of interest to students and scholars in law, economics, philosophy and political economy. 


About the authors

Wanjiru Njoya is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Exeter Law School, UK and a Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy. She has previously taught law at St John’s College, Oxford, the London School of Economics, and Queen’s University, Canada. She has published widely in the field of employment law and labour regulation, most recently in the King’s Law Journal, the Journal of Law, Economics & Policy, and the Journal of Libertarian Studies. Dr Njoya is a graduate of the University of Nairobi, Kenya, and a former Rhodes Scholar (St Edmund’s College, Cambridge, 1998). Her doctoral research on the conceptual framework of the employment relationship is published under the title Property in Work: the Employment Relationship in the Anglo-American Firm. She lives in East Devon, England.


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Hardcover 114,39 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-84851-4
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Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Economic Freedom and Social Justice
Book Subtitle
The Classical Ideal of Equality in Contexts of Racial Diversity
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Classical Liberalism
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-84852-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-84852-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-84851-4
Series ISSN
2662-6470
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 267
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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