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On Principles

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199593873.003.0006
On Principles

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This chapter examines the causal link between absolute deprivation and relative deprivation and defends the role of this link in asserting an account of global egalitarianism focused on the relationship between poverty and inequality. Emphasizing the role of a particular kind of goods, global positional goods, it illustrates their normative role where certain patterns of production and distribution are globally extended. These trigger global relational practices where a sharp distinction between sufficientarian justice (typically associated to statism) and egalitarian justice (typically associated to cosmopolitanism) is hard to justify. A similar egalitarian conception, the chapter concludes, constitutes a more progressive, as well as diagnostically appropriate, account of the function and purpose of global institutional practices.

Keywords: egalitarianism; sufficientarianism; absolute deprivation; relative deprivation; global positional goods; poverty; inequality; global institutions; power; states

Chapter.  11217 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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