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The Ethics of Stakeholding

Keith Dowding|, Jurgen De Wispelaere, Stuart White 
Palgrave Macmillan (December 2003)

This book brings together leading academics in the field of political philosophy and social policy to engage with one of the most exciting new paradigms in social policy. Stakeholder policies have been hailed by academics and policy makers as one of the most promising tools for combating poverty, unemployment and inequality in modern welfare states. This collection offers a comprehensive overview of stakeholding and critically explores the ethical foundations of the stakeholder society.

About the authors

Keith Dowding is professor of political science at LSE. His books include Rational Choice and Political Power (1991), The Civil Service (1995), Preferences, Institutions and Rational Choice (co-editor, 1995), Power (1996) and Challenges to Democracy (2001). He is co-editor of the Journal of Theoretical Politics and has written numerous articles in the fields of political philosophy, political theory, social choice, urban politics, public administration and British politics. 

Jurgen De Wispelaere is completing a doctorate in political theory at LSE. A former health care worker, his current research is in social and political philosophy and he has published articles on ethical aspects of employment regulation, welfare reform and basic income.

Stuart White is tutorial fellow in politics at Jesus College, Oxford. His research interests concern the philosophy and politics of egalitarianism. He is the editor of New Labour: the progressive future (2001) and author of The Civic Minimum: on the rights and obligations of economic citizenship (2003). 


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