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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

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

Michele S. Moses

University of Chicago Press

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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