Bottlenecks, A New Theory of Equal Opportunity

2014.06.25 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Joseph Fishkin, Bottlenecks, A New Theory of Equal Opportunity, Oxford University Press, 2014, 269pp., $35.00 (hbk),
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2014.06.25 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Joseph Fishkin, Bottlenecks, A New Theory of Equal Opportunity, Oxford University Press, 2014, 269pp., $35.00 (hbk), 9780199812141.   Reviewed by Ann E. Cudd, University of Kansas Joseph Fishkin's new book begins with the question: why do we care about equality of opportunity? He answers that it is not primarily because we care about equality in itself, but rather because opportunities are so valuable to us. Opportunities offer the freedom to develop our capacities and define who we are. Inequalities should matter to us insofar as they prevent us from grasping opportunities to develop our capacities and live flourishing lives. But equality of opportunity has proven elusive to define precisely and defensibly. Fishkin argues that we should instead focus on the structures of opportunities that society offers and see how they can be expanded. He analyzes two ideal types of social structures of opportunities:. . .

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