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Associative Duties, Global Justice, and the Colonies

Ypi, Lea; Goodin, Robert; Barry, Christian

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The vast majority of countries in the world have stood in an �associative relation� of a colonial sort with some other country or countries, at sometime or another. The aim of this article is to probe the implications of that brute fact for contemporary debates regarding the scope of global distributive justice. The legacy of colonialism poses huge issues of rectificatory justice as well, of course. Imposing alien rule on people, exploiting their persons, and extracting their resources are...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorYpi, Lea
dc.contributor.authorGoodin, Robert
dc.contributor.authorBarry, Christian
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-10T21:56:24Z
dc.identifier.issn0048-3915
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/39408
dc.description.abstractThe vast majority of countries in the world have stood in an �associative relation� of a colonial sort with some other country or countries, at sometime or another. The aim of this article is to probe the implications of that brute fact for contemporary debates regarding the scope of global distributive justice. The legacy of colonialism poses huge issues of rectificatory justice as well, of course. Imposing alien rule on people, exploiting their persons, and extracting their resources are historical wrongs crying out to be put right. That is the first thing that inevitably comes to mind when thinking about justice for former colonies, and rightly so. We argue here, however, that alongside those issues of righting past wrongs there are further issues concerning the duties of and claims to distributive justice that people in colonial relations have with respect to one another during� and may retain after�colonial rule. On the �associative relations� account we shall here be discussing, duties of robust distributive justice are said to be owed to all, but only, those with whom one is linked in a political association. Everyone living within the same political association has associative duties with respect to one another. That analysis is ordinarily deployed to restrict the scope of robust distributive justice narrowly to compatriots alone. Here we argue, however, that those who are linked in political associations of a colonial sort have claims against one another under exactly that heading. Associative duties qua associative duties morally do not vary merely on account of how distant you are from those who exercise power and authority within your association. Furthermore, there are good reasons to think that at least some of those associative duties linger well beyond the colonial period itself.
dc.publisherPrinceton University Press
dc.sourcePhilosophy and Public Affairs
dc.titleAssociative Duties, Global Justice, and the Colonies
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume37
dc.date.issued2009
local.identifier.absfor220319 - Social Philosophy
local.identifier.absfor160609 - Political Theory and Political Philosophy
local.identifier.ariespublicationu9313329xPUB176
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationYpi, Lea, University of Oxford
local.contributor.affiliationGoodin, Robert, College of Arts and Social Sciences, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationBarry, Christian , College of Arts and Social Sciences, ANU
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.issue2
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage103
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage135
local.identifier.doi10.1111/j.1088-4963.2009.01152.x
dc.date.updated2015-12-09T07:37:05Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-65549103805
local.identifier.thomsonID000265712300001
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