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date: 08 August 2020

affirmative action 

Source:
A Concise Oxford Dictionary of Politics and International Relations
Author(s):
David MervinDavid Mervin

Policy designed to correct past practices of discrimination against racial minorities, women, the disabled, and other historically disadvantaged groups. The advocates of affirmative action programmes argue that it is not sufficient to pass legislation aimed at eliminating discrimination in education, employment, and other areas of human activity. Such legislation where it was successful could help eliminate discrimination in the long run, but more drastic measures were required if progress, at an acceptable pace, was to occur in the short term.... ...

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