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Citizens, families, and reform

Author: Stein Ringen
Publisher: Oxford [England] : Clarendon Press ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1997.
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Should children vote in national elections? How much is the family worth? 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 future of reform democracy. Real democracies are necessarily imperfect. The author warns against 'the terrible temptation towards perfection' and argues a notion of rationality governed by  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Stein Ringen
ISBN: 0198290829 9780198290827
OCLC Number: 35292694
Description: viii, 190 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Preface: Reason and Restraint --
pt. l. Well-Being --
Introduction: Hard Facts about Soft Values. 1. Persons. 2. Families. 3. Children --
pt. II. Reform --
Introduction: Soft Means for Hard Goals. 4. Class. 5. Income. 6. The Civic Spirit. Postscript: A Statement on Political Philosophy.
Responsibility: Stein Ringen.
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Should children vote in national elections? How much is the family worth? 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 future of reform democracy. Real democracies are necessarily imperfect. The author warns against 'the terrible temptation towards perfection' and argues a notion of rationality governed by restrained self-interest, the civic spirit. The book brings together conservative values of family and personal responsibility with the idea of radical reform.

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