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Egalitarian Trade Justice

Christensen, James (2021) 'Egalitarian Trade Justice.' Moral Philosophy and Politics. ISSN 2194-5624

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This article begins by distinguishing between two approaches to egalitarian trade justice – the explicative approach and the applicative approach – and notes that the former has been used to defend conclusions that are less strongly egalitarian than those defended by advocates of the latter. The article then engages with the primary explicative account of trade egalitarianism – that offered by Aaron James – and argues that its egalitarian conclusions are unduly minimalistic. The aim of the article is not to criticize the explicative approach, but rather to show that the arguments and commitments of its best-known defender – James – either fail to rule out, or in fact positively support, more robustly egalitarian conclusions. I do not claim that James’s explicative approach can yield egalitarian conclusions that are as strong as those produced by the applicative alternative, but I contend that James’s approach can accommodate egalitarian conclusions stronger than those he in fact endorses. The article seeks to move the debate about trade justice forward by demonstrating that proponents of the explicative approach can endorse egalitarian conclusions of similar strength to those embraced by proponents of the applicative alternative, despite approaching the subject in a very different – and apparently more parsimonious – manner.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Trade Justice; International Trade; Global Justice; Egalitarianism; Fair Trade
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Government, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 05 Jul 2021 08:56
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2022 14:25

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