Global Justice

Andrew Kuper

in Democracy Beyond Borders

Published in print September 2004 | ISBN: 9780199274901
Published online November 2004 | e-ISBN: 9780191601552 | DOI:
Global Justice

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Develops a cosmopolitan theory of global justice, in critical dialogue with John Rawls’s The Law of Peoples. Kuper argues that Rawls has begged some of the central questions of global justice by adopting a ‘thin statist’ conception of legitimate global order. Thus, Rawls effectively supports a system of unitary nation-states with limited sovereignty, while Kuper rejects this idea in favour of multi-level and multi-type political institutions. Similarly, Rawls disavows free speech and democratic rights at the global level, while Kuper establishes that they are fundamental requirements of global justice. Kuper then proposes a new notion of ‘plurarchic sovereignty’ governed by Principles of Democracy and Subsidiarity. Important practical implications are demonstrated in three areas: economic development, the rules of engagement with illiberal states, and the use of force in humanitarian intervention.

Keywords: capabilities; cosmopolitan; culture; global justice; humanitarian intervention; international law; Law of Peoples; political liberalism; Rawls; realism; rights; sovereignty; theory of justice; toleration; use of force

Chapter.  17779 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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