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Distributive Justice, Participative Justice, and the Principle of Prima Facie Political Equality

Kristin Shrader‐Frechette

in Environmental Justice

Published in print October 2002 | ISBN: 9780195152036
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199833665 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195152034.003.0002

Series: Environmental Ethics and Science Policy Series

 Distributive Justice, Participative Justice, and the Principle of Prima Facie Political Equality

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Using case studies focusing on offshore oil development, especially in siting decisions, the chapter analyzes and defends the concept of prima facie political equality. It shows how threats to equality and informed consent underlie violations of environmental justice. After analyzing historical, ethical, and economic explanations for how particular groups of people have been victimized in environmental decision making, the book shows the strengths and weaknesses of federalism versus localism, in decision making. It argues that federalism ought not be used to justify imposition of inequitable risks on poor people and minorities.

Keywords: environmental justice; equality; federalism; informed consent; injustice; justice; localism; offshore oil; oil; political equality; risk; siting

Chapter.  11632 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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