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Fairness in Practice: A Social Contract for a Global Economy

Aaron James


This book argues that the global economy generates significant egalitarian requirements of fairness, independently of humanitarian, human rights, or other justice concerns. Answering both economic and political forms of skepticism about fairness, the book argues that the global economy as we know it is organized by an international social practice in which countries mutually rely upon common markets. This practice of mutual reliance generates shared responsibilities of “structural equity” for how the benefits and burdens of the global economy are distributed across different societies and thei ... More

Keywords: fairness, equity, fair division, global economy, economic globalization, free trade, fair trade, reasonable acceptance, social practice, embedded markets, social insurance, capital controls, poverty, inequality, harm, exploitation, fair competition, equality of opportunity, John Rawls, T. M. Scanlon

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199846153
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199846153.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Aaron James, author
University of California, Irvine