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Justifying affirmative action: Perception and reality

Nicolson, Donald and McHarg, Aileen (2006) Justifying affirmative action: Perception and reality. Journal of Law and Society, 33 (1). pp. 1-23. ISSN 0263-323X

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Abstract

This article surveys developments in United Kingdom law and policy which require, permit or are more accommodating towards, the use of affirmative action. It then considers the various justifications that can be used in support of affirmative action and their philosophical and political strengths and weaknesses. Finally, it advocates a strategic approach to the justification and use of affirmative action, taking account of relevant political, contextual, pragmatic, and practical considerations.