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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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Diversity, Community, and Government

Diversity, Community, and Government

(p.109) Chapter 6 Diversity, Community, and Government
Uniting America
Peter H. Schuck
Yale University Press

Diversity has always been a hallmark of American society since the very beginnings of the American republic. Diversity is not self-authenticating; rather, its value ultimately depends on its provenance. This chapter examines the ways government can be helpful and the areas in which government action has proved counterproductive when it comes to promoting diversity. It argues that the law plays a critical and effective role in protecting individuals from discrimination, but that government and law usually prove counterproductive when they try to privilege specific groups in the name of diversity. It also looks at two general forms with which government can manage diversity: antidiscrimination and antimonopoly. Finally, it discusses the role of choice in reducing political conflict and empowering diversity.

Keywords:   government, diversity, law, discrimination, antidiscrimination, antimonopoly, choice

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