Affirmative action, merit and police recruitment SKU8184

Margaret Thornton

Affirmative action measures, particularly the use of quotas, are contentious because they are assumed to contravene the merit principle. This piece challenges the assumption with reference to a proposal by Victoria Police that 50% of all new recruits should be women. It argues that the normativity of the white male police officer has shaped the construction of the 'best person'. The article includes an overview of affirmative action law in Australia.

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