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    Mills Captivating Proof and the Foundations of Ethics
    (Florida State University, Department of Philosophy, 1980)
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    Inequalities of Love and Care and their Theoretical Implications
    (University College Dublin. School of Social Justice, 2012-08) ;
    In this paper we use the framework developed in Equality: From Theory to Action to review some recent empirical research into caring relationships. This research shows that even within the context of care, inequality is multidimensional. It reveals complex patterns of inequality of work, resources, love and care, power and respect and recognition, shaped by many social factors including gender, social class, family status and disability. We also argue that this research raises important issues for normative political theory. In some cases the implications seem fairly straightforward. In others, it highlights questions that egalitarian theorists need to address more thoroughly.
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    Equality and other values
    (Irish Province of the Society of Jesus, 2003)
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    All things considered, should feminists embrace basic income?
    As a feminist, I am committed to equality of condition between men and women, defined multidimensionally in terms of respect and recognition; resources; love, care and solidarity; power; and working and learning. I concentrate in this comment on equality in the affective system, i.e., the set of social relations that operates to meet people's needs for love, care and solidarity. A central problem for egalitarians is that recognising, valuing and supporting care work risks reinforcing the gendered division of labour, a problem of much wider remit than the issue of basic income. I argue, however, that basic income can be construed as recognising and supporting care work as a form of worthwhile but noncommodifiable activity and that this should be combined with confronting the division of labour culturally and ideologically. I cite recent empirical work on caregivers and care recipients in Ireland in support of my position.
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    Equality : putting the theory into action
    We outline our central reasons for pursuing the project of Equality Studies and some of the thinking we have done within an Equality Studies framework. We try to show that a multi-dimensional conceptual framework, applied to a set of key social contexts and articulating the concerns of subordinate social groups, can be a fruitful way of putting the idea of equality into practice. Finally, we address some central questions about how to bring about egalitarian social change.
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    The challenge of Irish inequality
    (Institute of Public Administration, 2000)
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    Equality, social justice and social welfare : a road map to the new egalitarianisms
    (Cambridge University Press, 2007-01) ;
    This paper summarises the way equality has featured in the disciplines of social policy and political theory leading up to the presentation of a new egalitarianian framework for thinking about and acting for equality. The paper presents a broadly chronological, integrated review of the place of equality within the subjects concerned. The longstanding problems of universalism and targeting are themes which recur throughout, and in New Labour’s approach to equality and social justice.
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    An egalitarian case for basic income
    (Verso, 1992)
    In section 1, I set out a general perspective on the nature of egalitarianism and relate it to some familiar conceptions of economic equality. In section 2, I argue in keeping with the popular notion of equality that it makes sense to think of equal income as a baseline against which departures need to be justified. Section 3 discusses some problems which arise concerning departures from equal income justified by different needs, and argues for a particular approach based on what I shall call a 'background agreement' on need. Section 4 looks at the issue of relating income to work, and tries to construct and defend an interpretation of the idea that income inequalities should compensate people for differences in their work. I argue for a system of 'compensating differentials' based on a background agreement regarding the benefits and burdens of different kinds and amounts of work. Section 5 considers the principles of free choice of occupation and of the right not to work, with particular reference to their role in a system of compensating differentials. In section 6, I show how the case for a basic income follows from the conception of economic equality I have put forward.
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    Studying equality
    (Imprints editorial collective, 1997)
    How should we now construct the intellectual project of the left? In this paper, I argue for one answer to this question, by setting out the case for the field of equality studies as it has developed in the Equality Studies Centre at University College Dublin. In the first section, I argue that equality is an appropriate focus for leftist enquiry. In the second section, I characterize equality studies in terms of its central questions and emancipatory research paradigm. The third section compares equality studies with some other progressive and interdisciplinary projects. I finish by returning to the relationship between equality studies and egalitarian politics. My overall aim is to encourage progressives to look at their own work from an equality studies perspective and thereby to encourage them to develop their own forms of interdisciplinary cooperation along similar lines.
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    Election of Green Party Cathaoirleach, 2007
    (Routledge, 2008-09)
    In the autumn of 2007 the Green Party elected a new Cathaoirleach (Chairperson) by means of a ballot of all of its members. What made the election especially interesting to students of politics is that it took place using a voting system that is rarely used in real political systems, the Borda Count. Because the Green Party was willing to make the full set of electoral data available for analysis, it was possible not just to review the actual result but to consider what the result would have been under alternative voting systems and to investigate some theoretically relevant counterfactual scenarios. In this report, I set out the background and outcome of the election and then use the full set of data to comment on its relevance to some theoretical debates about voting.
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