By Daniel Sabbagh
Can affirmative motion guidelines be convincingly justified? and the way have they been legitimized through the years? In a pluridisciplinary viewpoint on the intersection of political thought and the sociology of legislation, Daniel Sabbagh criticizes the 2 winning justifications recommend in desire of affirmative motion: the corrective justice argument and the variety argument. He defends the coverage as a substitute as an software designed to result in the deracialization of yank society. during this admire, even though, affirmative motion calls for a degree of dissimulation to be able to succeed. Equality and Transparency explains why this is often so and gives a brand new interpretation of the strategic part within the ideal Court's case legislations whereas determining a few of its so much notable unwanted side effects.
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For the process to be fair, the agents involved in such transactions must have acquired their property titles through legitimate means and their decisions must not have been coerced. It is therefore possible that “two structurally identical distributions” should not be “equally just”:33 their degree of fairness cannot “be identified apart from . . the process that produced them,”34 which ought to be the object of a historical investigation. Implementing the principle of rectification thus requires the reconstruction of the entire causal chain linking the distributive pattern to its antecedents.
It reached that result in two steps. On the one hand, it applyied “intermediate scrutiny” instead of “strict scrutiny” to the race-based classification under challenge, on the ground that Congress, and by extension all federal agencies under its control, had been invested under the Fourteenth Amendment with a special authority that required judges to examine with particular “deference” affirmative action plans of their making (even those that, as the FCC one, did not have “remedial” objectives strictly speaking);55 on the other hand, it extended the diversity argument.
In his view, judges are simply not in a position to indulge in the kind of “comparative victimology” necessary for selecting the beneficiaries of preferential treatment among all groups likely to think of themselves as deserving of it without giving up on the neutrality requirement imposed on them. Yet, to be fully understandable, Powell’s objection needs to be contrasted with the approach of constitutional adjudication that he implicitly challenges thereby, an approach derived from the famous “footnote 4” of Justice Harlan Stone’s opinion in the Supreme Court decision United States v.
Equality and Transparency: A Strategic Perspective on Affirmative Action in American Law (CERI Series in International Relations a) by Daniel Sabbagh