Justice Beyond Borders: A Global Political Theory

Paperback | September 22, 2006

bySimon Caney

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Justice Beyond Borders examines which political principles should govern global politics. It explores the ethical issues that arise at the global level and addresses questions such as: Are there universal values? If so, what are they? What human rights, if any, are there? Are there globalprinciples of distributive justice? Should there be a system of supra-state institutions? Is national self-determination defensible? When, if ever, may political regimes wage war? Is humanitarian intervention justified? Justice Beyond Borders outlines and defends an egalitarian liberal brand of cosmopolitanism to address these questions. It maintains that there are universal principles. It argues, moreover, that these include universal civil and political human rights. It also defends the application of globalprinciples of distributive justice. On this basis, it argues for a system of supra-state political institutions to further promote these universal principles of justice. Having set out principles of ideal theory, it then examines what principles should apply when injustices are committed. To do thisit examines when political regimes may wage war and when they may engage in intervention. It thereby draws on cosmopolitan principles to derive and defend a cosmopolitan conception of just war and humanitarian intervention. To arrive at these conclusions, Justice Beyond Borders engages in a sustained analysis of the competing arguments on all the above issues, examining the arguments of nationalists, realists, and those who affirm the ideal of a society of states. It does so by exploring and integrating the work ofphilosophers, political theorists, and international relations scholars. It illustrates its ethical argument and theoretical analysis with empirical examples. Furthermore, Justice Beyond Borders argues that the issues examined in the book cannot be adequately treated in isolation from each other butmust be treated as an interlinked whole.

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Justice Beyond Borders examines which political principles should govern global politics. It explores the ethical issues that arise at the global level and addresses questions such as: Are there universal values? If so, what are they? What human rights, if any, are there? Are there globalprinciples of distributive justice? Should there...

Simon Caney is at Professor of Political Theory, University of Birmingham.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.78 inPublished:September 22, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0199297967

ISBN - 13:9780199297962

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Universalism3. Civil and Political Justice4. Distributive Justice5. Political Structures6. Just War7. Humanitarian Intervention8. ConclusionBibliography

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`Justice Beyond Borders is a remarkable accomplishment. It provides the best defense of a cosmopolitan approach to justice since Charles Beitz's Political Theory and International Relations. It is extraordinarily clear, balanced, and insightful, and exhibits a mastery of several relevantliteratures.'Allen Buchanan, Professor of Public Policy and Philosophy, Duke University