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Polarization and the Politics of Personal Responsibility$
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Mark D. Brewer and Jeffrey M. Stonecash

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780190239817

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190239817.001.0001

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What Is and What Should Be

What Is and What Should Be

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(p.139) 11 What Is and What Should Be
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Polarization and the Politics of Personal Responsibility
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Mark D. Brewer

Jeffrey M. Stonecash

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190239817.003.0011

There are fundamental differences between conservatives and liberals about how widespread opportunity is, how much individuals can legitimately be held responsible, and what role government should play. Conservatives continue to see opportunity as widespread and presume individuals must be held responsible for their situation if society is to function well. Liberals doubt the widespread existence of opportunity and believe government must act to remedy the consequences. These differences are unlikely to go away.

Keywords:   presence of opportunity, liberals, inequalities, conservatives, individual responsibility, initiative, role of culture, role of government

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