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    Mills Captivating Proof and the Foundations of Ethics
    (Florida State University, Department of Philosophy, 1980)
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    A framework for equality proofing
    (University College Dublin. Equality Studies Centre, 1995-04) ; ; ;
    Paper prepared for the National Economic and Social Forum
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    Investigating equality
    (New Left Project, 2010-09-17) ;
    Edward Lewis interviews John Baker.
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    Reflections on the limits of argument
    (Presses Universitaires de Louvain, 2011)
    It is common knowledge that people’s beliefs are determined by many factors – having a good argument is only one of them. What are the implications of this fact for egalitarian political theorists who hope to contribute to social change? I argue that our arguments may do more to strengthen the confidence of our allies than to change the opinions of our opponents.
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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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    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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    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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    (Oak Tree Press, 2006)
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    Your Arguments for Equality
    (Open University Press, 1990-12)