Achieving Global Justice: Why Failures Matter More Than Ideals

In Kate Brennan (ed.), Making Global Institutions Work: Power, Accountability and Change. Routledge (2015)
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My aim in this paper is twofold. First, I challenge the view that ideal normative principles offer appropriate guidelines for our efforts to identify morally progressive institutional reform strategies. I shall call this view the "ideal guidance approach." Second, I develop an alternative methodological approach to specifying nonideal normative principles, which I call the "failure analysis approach." I contrast these alternatives using examples from the global justice literature.



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