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Justice and Natural ResourcesAn Egalitarian Theory$
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Chris Armstrong

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198702726

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198702726.001.0001

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Rewarding Improvement

Rewarding Improvement

(p.93) 4 Rewarding Improvement
Justice and Natural Resources

Chris Armstrong

Oxford University Press

This chapter introduces one source of special claims over natural resources, based upon ‘improvement’. It sketches a responsibility-catering principle which would underpin local claims over the economic value which is ‘added’ to a natural resource when it is improved. If the principle can be defended it might provide defenders of national claims over natural resources with an argument for reducing the scope o egalitarian redistribution across borders. The chapter, however, raises several doubts about responsibility-catering claims over ‘added value’. The upshot is that rather less flows from improvement—and indeed the distinction between improved and unimproved resources—than is sometimes thought to be the case.

Keywords:   improvement, added value, exchange value, rent, special claims, nation-states

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