Ethnic Pluralism and Public Policy

Ethnic Pluralism and Public Policy The Academy joined with the British Commission for Racial Equality and the Policy Studies Institute in London to compare and evaluate America’s and Britain’s policies toward eliminating discrimination and increasing opportunity for racial and cultural minorities. A timely collaboration — several British cities experienced turmoil in the summer of 1981 comparable to that experienced in the United States in the 1960s — the three organizations in 1982 held a seminar in England of scholars and government officials from both countries. The resulting study assesses each country and what it could learn from the other about the effectiveness of public policy responses to racial problems and about means for securing equality of status and opportunity.

Resulting Publication

  • Ethnic Pluralism and Public Policy: Achieving Equality in the United States and Britain, ed. Nathan Glazer and Ken Young. Lexington: Lexington Books, and London: Heinemann Educational Books, 1983. (out of print)

Project Data

  • PROJECT DATE: 1980-1983
  • PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATORS: Nathan Glazer (Harvard University) and Ken Young (Policy Studies Institute)
  • SOURCES OF FUNDING: British Commission for Racial Equality, American Academy, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, German Marshall Fund of the United States
  • COLLABORATING ORGANIZATIONS: British Commission for Racial Equality, Policy Studies Institute


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