Does Affirmative Action Work?

Lessons From Around 
the World

Graham K. Brown and Arnim Langer
The space between: an ethnic Indian and two ethnic Malays in Kuala Lumpur, January 2007.
The space between: an ethnic Indian and two ethnic Malays in Kuala Lumpur, January 2007. (Bazuki Muhammad / Courtesy Reuters)
Across the globe, the lessons from affirmative action programs are clear: they can occasionally help in the economic sphere, produce mixed results in improving social cohesion, and are an unmitigated disaster when it comes to politics.

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Maria Eriksson Baaz, Didier Gondola, Esther Marijnen, Judith Verweijen, Paul Katembo Vikanza, Koen Vlassenroot, Tatiana Carayannis, Kevin Dunn, James Fairhead, Stephan Hochleithner, Chrispin Mvano, Eric Mwamba, and Blaise Muhire
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Vito Laterza and Patience Mususa

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Netanyahu meets U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid on Capitol Hill in Washington.
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Boris Nemtsov, February 2014
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