Resource Rights

Cara Nine

in Global Justice and Territory

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780199580217
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191741456 | DOI:
Resource Rights

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If collective resource rights are not ‘up for grabs’ in a system of global redistribution, then we need a positive account of what these claims are and how they can be justified. This chapter argues that collective resource rights are a combination of both jurisdictional powers and incidents of ownership over resources in a geographical region. This chapter offers a normative foundation for collective resource rights grounded in an account of political legitimacy over resources. By reference to the Lockean theory of territorial rights defended earlier, this chapter explains how resource rights may be acquired and held by collectives that demonstrate the capacity to use resources to establish minimally just institutions.

Keywords: resource rights; jurisdictional rights; ownership; democratic theory; nationalism; global justice

Chapter.  13078 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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