Politics and Associative Relations

Lea Ypi

in Global Justice and Avant-Garde Political Agency

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780199593873
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191731426 | DOI:
Politics and Associative Relations

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In this chapter, methodological issues raised in the first part of the book start to be linked to the controversy on the scope of global justice and the normative standing of states. The author contends that many of the current disputes between statists and cosmopolitans would disappear if features from ideal and nonideal approaches were combined at the right level of analysis. The task of this chapter is to show how, on issues of agency, both statists and cosmopolitans tend to be ideal when they ought to be nonideal. They typically rely on false or idealized premises to reject or endorse the normative relevance of associative political relations but fail to ask what conception of political relations best supports political transformation. A dialectical alternative, the chapter concludes, would be able to defend the role of states as essential agents of justice without compromising the global scope of egalitarian relations.

Keywords: ideal approach; agency; cosmopolitanism; states; associative relation; abstraction; idealization; circumstances of justice; sense of justice

Chapter.  7922 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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