Global Social Justice: The Moral Responsibilities of the Rich to the Poor

Shirley Williams

in Making Globalization Good

Published in print April 2003 | ISBN: 9780199257010
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191596223 | DOI:
 Global Social Justice: The Moral Responsibilities of the Rich to the Poor

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Shirley Williams looks more specifically at the moral issues surrounding the global distribution of resources, capabilities, and incomes. She is highly critical of some of the economic policies and political regimes of some of the rich countries, and demonstrates, from Indonesian and Russian examples, how Western governments and international agencies failed to recognize and give support to the institutional reforms necessary to ensure that their transition to a market‐based economic system would be successful. She emphasizes the need for a new and more holistic approach to economic development; indeed, she avers that global social justice demands it. Williams concludes by observing that the moral conscience of society is very much alive, and reminds us of the role of the churches and private individuals that helped initiate the Jubilee 2000 movement, which was geared towards lifting the burden of debt from some of the poorest countries in the world. However, she is clearly not satisfied that either national governments or supra‐national agencies are doing enough to ensure that global capitalism works to the benefit of all the peoples of the world––and particularly to those in the greatest need.

Keywords: capitalism; economic development; global capitalism; global social justice; government; Indonesia; institutional reform; international agencies; international institutions; moral conscience; moral responsibility; morality; national governments poverty; Russia; social justice; supra‐national agencies; supra‐national institutions; Western governments

Chapter.  5279 words. 

Subjects: International Economics

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