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The distributive justice of a global basic structure: A category mistake?

  • Andreas Follesdal


    (University of Oslo, Norway)

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    The present article explores 'anti-cosmopolitan' arguments that shared institutions above the state, such as there are, are not of a kind that support or give rise to distributive claims beyond securing minimum needs. The upshot is to rebut certain of these 'anti-cosmopolitan' arguments. Section I asks under which conditions institutions are subject to distributive justice norms. That is, which sound reasons support claims to a relative share of the benefits of institutions that exist and apply to individuals? Such norms may require strict equality, Rawls' Difference Principle, or other constraints on inequality. Section 2 considers, and rejects, several arguments why existing international institutions are not thought to meet these conditions.

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    Volume (Year): 10 (2011)
    Issue (Month): 1 (February)
    Pages: 46-65

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    Handle: RePEc:sae:pophec:v:10:y:2011:i:1:p:46-65
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