What is Global Justice?

Revista de Economía Institucional, Vol. 10, No. 19, Second Semester 2008

16 Pages Posted: 18 Dec 2008

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Thomas Pogge

Yale University, Global Justice Program

Date Written: December 16, 2008


The increasingly widespread expression "global justice" marks an important shift in the structure of moral discourse. Traditionally, international relations were seen as sharply distinct from domestic justice. First, it focused on interactions among states, and later, evaluated the design of a national institutional order in light of its effects on citizens. Such institutional moral analysis is becoming applied to supranational institutional arrangements, nowadays more pervasive and important for the life prospects of individuals. The traditional lens suggested fair agreements among states. The new lens shows that the global institutional order is unfair because it enriches elites in both rich and poor countries and perpetuates the oppression and impoverishment of the majority.

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Keywords: global inequality, globalization, institutional order, international recognition, justice, poverty, sovereignty

JEL Classification: F02, F55

Suggested Citation

Pogge, Thomas, What is Global Justice? (December 16, 2008). Revista de Economía Institucional, Vol. 10, No. 19, Second Semester 2008, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1316870

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