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Global Inequality Matters takes seriously the presumption stated in international human rights documents that all persons possess inherent dignity. The book argues on that basis, and an account of justice as comprising associative duties, that the requirements of global distributive justice condemn existing global inequality. Although recognizing the importance of political equality within the state, the book rejects accounts of egalitarian distributive justice that limit its application to the state. It applies this perspective to several issues, including immigration controls, second language instruction, international labor codes, protectionism, climate change mitigation, and institutions of global taxation.


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Global Inequality Matters takes seriously the presumption stated in international human rights documents that all persons possess inherent dignity. The book argues on that basis, and an account of justice as comprising associative duties, that the requirements of global distributive justice condemn existing global inequality. Although recognizing the importance of political equality within the state, the book rejects accounts of egalitarian distributive justice that limit its application to the state. It applies this perspective to several issues, including immigration controls, second language instruction, international labor codes, protectionism, climate change mitigation, and institutions of global taxation.


Reviews

'The novelty of Darrel Moellendorf's book resides in taking a clear global perspective on a number of issues that can be truly said to affect almost everyone in the world. They are global inequality, global institutions of governance, global climate change…Dr. Moellendorf shows how this change of perspective often alters our conclusions (which we tend to draw by looking more narrowly at nation-states only) and how this may be the most appropriate perspective to take in an era of globalization like ours. His emphasis on equal personal respect owed to every individual, and on global equality of opportunity is most welcome. This is a book which, because of its candid global perspective and the arguments it makes, will be read and cited by specialists from numerous fields.' - Branko Milanovic, Development Research, World Bank, USA

Moellendorf carves out and defends underexplored, promising territory in the philosophy of international justice. Those who argue that rich countries have robust positive obligations to aid poor ones tend to reject the idea that justice is a function of any association between them, whereas those who object to such obligations tend to think that justice requires an association, usually political or cultural, that is absent at the international level. Moellendorf resourcefully argues for a third way: justice between states depends on a kind of association that exists between them and that entails weighty positive duties on the wealthy to reduce global inequality by changing, e.g., existent trade and climate treaties. Displaying terrific philosophical and empirical erudition, tempering normative ideals with realistic prescriptions, and providing comprehensive discussions of the literature while avoiding jargon and minutiae, this book will be accessible and revealing reading for anyone interested in what states owe to each other in a globalized world. -Thaddeus Metz, Humanities Research Professor, University of Johannesburg, South Africa

'Darrel Moellendorf's timely book is a welcome addition to the literature of Global Ethics. It is well argued and offers the gift of a path for applying adroitly philosophical arguments to solve vexing contemporary global problems.' – Eddy M. Souffrant, Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, UNC Charlotte, USA


Contents

Inequality and the Inherent Dignity of Persons
Coercion and the Conditions of Distributive Justice
Equal Respect in Political and Economic Associations
Global Equality of Opportunity Defended
International Trade, Development, and Labor
Climate Change, Development, and Mitigation
Global Distributive Institutions
Notes
Bibliography
Index


Authors

DARREL MOELLENDORF is Professor in the Department of Philosophy and the Institute for Health and Social Policy at McGill University, Canada. He is also the author of Cosmopolitian Justice.