Egalitarian challenges to global egalitarianism: a critique

Review of International Studies 35:485-512 (2009)
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Many political theorists defend the view that egalitarian justice should extend from the domestic to the global arena. Despite its intuitive appeal, this ‘global egalitarianism’ has come under attack from different quarters. In this article, we focus on one particular set of challenges to this view: those advanced by domestic egalitarians. We consider seven types of challenges, each pointing to a specific disanalogy between domestic and global arenas which is said to justify the restriction of egalitarian justice to the former, and argue that none of them – both individually and jointly – offers a conclusive refutation of global egalitarianism.

Author Profiles

Christian Barry
Australian National University
Laura Valentini
Ludwig Maximilians Universität, München


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