Equality via mobility: Why socioeconomic mobility matters for relational equality, distributive equality, and equality of opportunity

Social Philosophy and Policy 31 (2):158-179 (2015)
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This essay examines the connection between socioeconomic mobility and equality, and argues for two conclusions: (a) Socioeconomic mobility is conceptually distinct from three common species of equality: (1) equality of opportunity, (2) equality of outcome, and (3) relational equality. (b) However, socioeconomic mobility is connected — in different ways — to each species of equality, and, if we value one or more of these species of equality, these connections endow mobility with derivative normative significance

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Govind Persad
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