What Second-Best Scenarios Reveal about Ideals of Global Justice

In Thom Brooks (ed.), Oxford Handbook to Global Justice (forthcoming)
Abstract
In theory, there need be no conflict between addressing global inequality (inequalities between people worldwide) and addressing domestic inequality (inequalities between people within a political community). Yet, in practice, there are likely instances in which the feasible mechanisms for reducing global inequality risk aggravating domestic inequality. The burgeoning literature on global justice has tended to overlook the latter type of scenario. This chapter explores ways in which tradeoffs between promoting domestic and global equality may arise and how they may be resolved. We show how these neglected cases are important for evaluating and clarifying the content of ideal theories of global justice, not simply for grasping their practical application.
Keywords global justice  egalitarianism  non-ideal theory
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