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Thomas Francis Powers
University of Minnesota, Duluth (Duluth, MN 55812-2403)
Anti-discrimination Theory and the Reshaping of American Democracy

My objective is to provide a general interpretive framework for understanding the new commitment in American life to the principles and ideals connected with the fight against discrimination. I focus on the relationship between a constellation of new concerns arising out of recent civil rights reforms (which I term anti-discrimination theory) and America’s traditional “liberal” theoretical framework. I trace the relationship between anti-discrimination theory and traditional liberalism in three areas – in American constitutional theory, in a new language of morality, and in a new understanding of pluralist theory. This project is intended for publication as a book.

Project fields:
Political Science, General

Summer Stipends

Research Programs

$5,000 (approved)
$5,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2005 – 8/31/2005