Global Justice and Avant-Garde Political Agency

Hardcover | January 11, 2012

byLea Ypi

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Why should states matter and how do relations between fellow-citizens affect what is owed to distant strangers? How, if at all, can demanding egalitarian principles inform political action in the real world? This book proposes a novel solution through the concept of avant-garde politicalagency. Ypi grounds egalitarian principles on claims arising from conflicts over the distribution of global positional goods, and illustrates the role of avant-garde agents in shaping these conflicts and promoting democratic political transformations in response to them. Against statists, shedefends the global scope of equality, and derives remedial cosmopolitan principles from global responsibilities to relieve absolute deprivation. Against cosmopolitans, she shows that associative political relations play an essential role and that blanket condemnation of the state is unnecessary and ill-directed. Advocating an approach to global justice whereby domestic avant-garde agents intervene politically so as to constrain and motivatefellow-citizens to support cosmopolitan transformations, this book offers a fresh and nuanced example of political theory in an activist mode. Setting the contemporary debate on global justice in the context of recent methodological disputes on the relationship between ideal and nonideal theorizing,Ypi's dialectical account illustrates how principles and agency can genuinely interact.

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Why should states matter and how do relations between fellow-citizens affect what is owed to distant strangers? How, if at all, can demanding egalitarian principles inform political action in the real world? This book proposes a novel solution through the concept of avant-garde politicalagency. Ypi grounds egalitarian principles on cla...

Lea Ypi is interested in theories of justice, citizenship, the philosophy of the Enlightenment (especially Kant), and the intellectual history of the Balkans. Her work has appeared in, among others, The Journal of Political Philosophy, Philosophy and Public Affairs, and American Political Science Review. From September 2011 she will b...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:248 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.01 inPublished:January 11, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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AcknowledgmentsIntroductionPart I: On History and Method1. The Historical Controversy2. Activist Political Theory and Avant-Garde AgencyPart II: Defending the State, Defending Cosmopolitanism3. Politics and Associative Relations4. Global EgalitarianismPart III: Statist Cosmopolitanism5. On Principles6. On Agency7. The Cosmopolitan Avant-GardeConclusionIndex