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Uniting AmericaRestoring the Vital Center to American Democracy$
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Norton Garfinkle and Daniel Yankelovich

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780300108569

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300108569.001.0001

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The Fair Society

The Fair Society

(p.211) Chapter 12 The Fair Society
Uniting America
Amitai Etzioni
Yale University Press

This chapter introduces the concept of a fair society and argues for a greater emphasis on the value of “fairness” in American political dialogue as a means to achieve unity. Drawing on the results of a nationwide public opinion poll conducted from June 28 through July 1, 2004, it shows that casting policy arguments in terms of fairness can give them a universalistic appeal that brings about consensus. The chapter first illustrates the seven policies used to introduce the fair society and the responses that they elicited: pension, insurance, deficits, audits by the Internal Revenue Service, CEO salaries, tax breaks, and Patriot Act. It then discusses the reactions given to the more generalized concept of a fair society.

Keywords:   fair society, fairness, unity, public opinion poll, consensus, pension, insurance, deficits, tax breaks, Patriot Act

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