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Living with Moral DisagreementThe Enduring Controversy about Affirmative Action$
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Michele S. Moses

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780226344249

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226344416.001.0001

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Ballot Initiatives, Moral Disagreement, and Ideas of Equality

Ballot Initiatives, Moral Disagreement, and Ideas of Equality

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(p.54) Four Ballot Initiatives, Moral Disagreement, and Ideas of Equality
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Living with Moral Disagreement
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Michele S. Moses

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226344416.003.0004

This chapter takes a close look at the most commonly used legislative avenue for influencing affirmative action policy: the use of state ballot initiatives to eliminate affirmative action. The state ballot initiative is an example of direct democracy used to further libertarian opposition to race-conscious education policies. Ballot initiatives themselves illustrate the differences between egalitarian and libertarian political theory. And the campaigns for and against the anti-affirmative action ballot initiatives provide important instances of how those differences play out within the practical political arena.

Keywords:   ballot initiatives, tyranny of the majority, direct democracy

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