1st Edition

Social Justice, Global Dynamics
Theoretical and Empirical Perspectives

ISBN 9780415575690
Published May 17, 2011 by Routledge
256 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations

USD $160.00

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Book Description

Many theoretical publications make assumptions about the facts of globalization, and in particular about the role and autonomy of the nation state. These factual claims and assumptions often play an important role in justifying the normative conclusions, yet remain under-explored.

This interdisciplinary volume examines questions that are central to the problems of both social and international justice, and in particular, to their interdependence: 

  • How do global and transnational factors influence the capacity of states to be internally just?
  • Has the state lost its capacity for autonomous action in the global economy, and thus its ethical significance for theories of justice? If so, which institutional reforms could address this problem?
  • What is the role of the state in a just international order?

The authors address important connections between domestic social justice and global dynamics, by identifying problematic practices and trends in the current global order. They examine political, economic and legal changes and offer normative views on concrete policies and institutions that are particularly important and/or problematic – i.e. international health policies, the World Bank, taxation policies and the World Trade Organization.

Focusing on the relationship between social and global justice and establishing connections between political theory and empirical research, this book is vital reading for students and scholars of Politics, International Relations, and Development Studies.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction Ayelet Banai, Miriam Ronzoni and Christian Schemmel  Part 1: Theoretical Approaches  2. Global Distributive Justice and the State Simon Caney  3. Global Justice and the Morality of Coercion, Imposition, and Framing Andrea Sangiovanni  4. Global and Social Justice: The Possibility of Social Justice beyond States in a World of Overlapping Practices Ayelet Banai, Miriam Ronzoni and Christian Schemmel  5. Resisting ‘Global Justice’: Disrupting the Colonial Emancipatory Logic of the West Andrew Robinson and Simon Tormey  Part 2: Economic Policies  6. Growth is Good! – But what Growth? Thomas Pogge  7. Tax Competition and its Effects on Domestic and Global Justice Peter Dietsch  Part 3: Health  8. Compatriot Priority, Health in Developing Countries, and our Global Responsibilities Gillian Brock  9. International Health Inequalities and Global Justice Norman Daniels  Part 4: The Role of Institutions: Inter-, Supra-, and Transnational  10. European and Global Inequality Glyn Morgan  11. Lifting the Resource Curse? The World Bank and Oil Revenue Distribution in Chad Mark Mattner  12. The World Trade Organisation as a Subject of Socioeconomic Justice Clara Brandi  13. Social Justice beyond Bounded Societies: Unravelling Statism within Global Supply Chains? Kate Macdonald

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Dr Ayelet Banai, Dr Miriam Ronzoni, and Dr Chistian Schemmel are research fellows and permanent members of the Centre for Advanced Studies "Justitia Amplificata: Rethinking Justice - Applied and Global", at the Department of Political Science of the University of Frankfurt. They are also founding members of The Global Justice Network and founding editors of Global Justice: Theory Practice Rhetoric.

Dr Ayelet Banai has just completed her D.Phil. in Political Theory at the University of Oxford with the thesis "Drawing Boundaries: Nations, States and Self-Determination". She was recently a post-doctoral fellow at the Cluster of Excellence "The Formation of Normative Orders" at the University of Frankfurt. Her fields of research are theories of self-determination, nationalism and diversity, theories of freedom, and the history of European liberalism. She currently works on the relationship between self-determination and territoriality.

Dr Miriam Ronzoni has been a Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute and a lecturer in political theory at St. Peter's College, Oxford and at University College London. Her research interests are in constructivism as a method for normative political theory and in global justice, with special emphasis on the interdependence between domestic and supranational just institutional arrangements. She is also interested in property-owning democracy, understood as a socio-economic regime alternative to both capitalism and socialism. She has published in journals such as Philosophy and Public Affairs, Politics, Philosophy and Economics, Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, The Journal of Moral Philosophy, and Res Publica.

Dr Christian Schemmel: Christian Schemmel has just earned his D.Phil. in Political Theory at the University of Oxford with the thesis "Social Justice as Relational Equality". He is a Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute and has worked as a Tutor in Politics at St. Anne's College. His research interests are social justice and equality, global justice and its connection to social justice, self-respect in philosophical and empirical research, and the relationship between theories of justice and different models of welfare state.