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Democracy, Education, and Equality: Graz-Schumpeter Lectures

John E. Roemer (Yale University, Connecticut) Andrew Chesher Matthew Jackson

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Cambridge University Press
17 March 2006
Organisation & management of education; Economic theory & philosophy
Many believe that equality of opportunity will be achieved when the prospects of children no longer depend upon the wealth and education of their parents. The institution through which the link between child and parental prospects may be weakened is public education. Many also believe that democracy is the political institution that will bring about justice. This study, first published in 2006, asks whether democracy, modeled as competition between political parties that represent different interests in the polity, will result in educational funding policies that will, at least eventually, produce citizens who have equal capacities (human capital), thus breaking the link between family background and child prospects. In other words, will democracy engender, through the educational finance policies it produces, a state of equal opportunity in the long run?
By:   John E. Roemer (Yale University Connecticut)
Series edited by:   Andrew Chesher, Matthew Jackson
Imprint:   Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Volume:   40
Dimensions:   Height: 229mm,  Width: 152mm,  Spine: 10mm
Weight:   260g
ISBN:   9780521609135
ISBN 10:   0521609135
Series:   Econometric Society Monographs
Pages:   186
Publication Date:   17 March 2006
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
1. A brief overview; 2. Models of democratic party competition; 3. Democratic competition over educational investment; 4. The dynamics of human capital with endogenous growth; 5. Estimation of technological parameters; 6. Conclusion.

John E. Roemer is Elizabeth S. and A. Varick Stout Professor of Political Science at Yale University. He has published extensively in economics, political philosophy, and political science. His recent books include Political Competition (2001), Equality of Opportunity (1998), Theories of Distributive Justice (1996), and A Future for Socialism (1994, Cambridge University Press). He was named a Felow of the Econometric Society in 1986.

Reviews for Democracy, Education, and Equality: Graz-Schumpeter Lectures

The scholarly basis of this important proposal [a new cultural interpretation of the rapid expansion of Islam in the 7th and 8th centuries CE] resides on the one hand on the observation that there is a striking lack of original written material which attests to the doctrine that we know today as Islam, from this early pre-Abbasid period. On the other it is underpinned by detailed study of the textual material which does derive from this era, as well as careful interpretation of the many written sources which became available after the beginning of the Abbasid ascendancy. However, if Islam during this era did not resemble what we know it as today, what was it? On this point the authors break unity, some giving bold, alternative interpretations, others working at the question from detailed, nuanced angles. What the current volume succeeds in doing is to refocus attention on [longstanding beliefs regarding the origins of Islam], and to situate the scholarly problem in very legitimate religious, political, cultural, and linguistic questions, within the context both of new scholarly interpretations and findings, and state of the art overviews of long-discussed issues...the prospect of bringing the two perspectives [traditional and new] together holds the promise of a lively, interesting and new chapter in western Islamic studies. --Arabica, Vol. 55, 2008


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