Justice in a Globalized World: A Normative Framework

Hardcover | January 22, 2012

byLaura Valentini

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While the lives of millions of people are overshadowed by poverty and destitution, a relatively small subset of the world's population enjoys an unprecedented level of wealth. No doubt the world's rich have duties to address the plight of the global poor. But should we think of these as dutiesof egalitarian justice much like those applying domestically, or as weaker duties of humanitarian assistance? In this book, Laura Valentini offers an in-depth critique of the two most prominent answers to this question, cosmopolitanism and statism, and develops a novel normative framework foraddressing it. Central to this framework is the idea that, unlike duties of assistance - which bind us to help the needy - duties of justice place constraints on the ways we may legitimately coerce one another. Since coercion exists domestically as well as internationally, duties of justice apply to both realms.The forms of coercion characterizing these two realms, however, differ, and so the content of duties of justice varies across them. Valentini concludes that given the nature of existing international coercion, global justice requires more than statist assistance, yet less than full cosmopolitanequality.

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While the lives of millions of people are overshadowed by poverty and destitution, a relatively small subset of the world's population enjoys an unprecedented level of wealth. No doubt the world's rich have duties to address the plight of the global poor. But should we think of these as dutiesof egalitarian justice much like those appl...

Laura Valentini obtained a first degree (Laurea) in political science from the University of Pavia (Italy), and a Master's and PhD in political theory from University College London. She was a postdoc at the Center for Human Values (Princeton University) and a Junior Research Fellow in Politics at The Queen's College (Oxford). From Jan...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.78 inPublished:January 22, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019959385X

ISBN - 13:9780199593859

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction: The Problem of Global JusticePart I: Cosmopolitanism2. Assessing the Cosmopolitan Ideal3. Justifying CosmopolitanismPart II: Statism4. Assessing the Statist Ideal5. Justifying StatismPart III: A Normative Framework6. The Function of Justice7. The Content of Justice8. The Scope of Justice9. ConclusionBibliography