Citizens, Families, and Reform
Should children have the right to vote? How important is the family? Is the end of class inequality in sight? Professor Ringen tackles these and other crucial questions in this engaging and provocative new work on the possiblities for social and welfare reform in modern democracies. Taking liberty as the central value of democracies, Professor Ringen argues that the role of democratic government is necessarily limited: it cannot take action which trespasses on individual liberty. Liberty is, however, not the only value in democracy; democracy is also about equality. Therefore democratic government is condemned to action: it has to do something about persistent injustice. Is there a middle ground to be found between the two ideals of liberty and equality? Professor Ringen argues that in the areas of family and welfare policy there is. However, real democracies are necessarily imperfect and the author warns against 'the terrible temptation towards perfection'. Instead, Professor Ringen argues for a notion of rationality governed by restrained self-interest, the civic spirit, and advances a theory based on the conservative values of family and personal responsibility, combined with radical reform.
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Reason and Restraint
Hard Facts about Soft Values
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