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New Book: Justice and Natural Resources: An Egalitarian Theory

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I’d like to announce the publication of a new monograph on natural resource justice. Struggles over precious resources such as oil, water, and land are increasingly evident in the contemporary world. States, indigenous groups, and corporations vie to control access to those resources, and the benefits they provide. These conflicts are rapidly spilling over into new arenas, such as the deep oceans and the Polar regions. But how should these precious resources be governed, and how should the benefits and burdens they generate be shared?
Justice and Natural Resources provides a systematic theory of natural resource justice. It argues that we should use the benefits and burdens flowing from these resources to promote greater equality across the world, and share governance over many important resources. At the same time, the book takes seriously the ways in which particular resources can matter in peoples lives. It provides invaluable guidance on a series of pressing issues, including the scope of state resource rights, the claims of indigenous communities, rights over ocean resources, the burdens of conservation, and the challenges of climate change and transnational resource governance. It will be required reading for anyone interested in natural resource governance, climate politics, and global justice. read more...

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Global Distributive Justice: An Introduction

Chris Armstrong, Global Distributive Justice: An Introduction (Cambridge University Press, 2012)

  • This new textbook introduces the major theories and issues in a clear and accessible way, enabling students to navigate their way through the complex and fast-moving set of debates on global justice
  • It connects theory to practice by relating those theories to a series of important issues: human rights, natural resource ownership and sale, international trade, climate change and migration
  • It brings issues to life through the use of Case Studies, and includes ‘Further Issues’ sections which discuss emerging debates that are likely to command increasing attention

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From the reviews:

‘In this fine book, Armstrong has filled a significant gap in the literature by providing a very clear, learned and comprehensive discussion.’ Christian Barry.

‘This is a lively, clearly written and very helpful textbook that is accessible and yet philosophically engaging.’ Margaret Moore.

‘This book does an excellent job of introducing students to some of the most interesting and significant philosophical arguments about global distributive justice…It does students a tremendous service.’ Darrel Moellendorf. read more...

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Workshop: Global Justice and Activist Political Theory

Wednesday February 8th 2012, University of Southampton

10:30 – 4:00.

The department of Politics and International Relations is delighted to host a one-day workshop on Lea Ypi’s new book Global Justice and Avant-Garde Political Agency (Oxford University Press, 2012). In the book, Ypi argues for an engaged, ‘activist’ brand of political theory, uniting the concerns of ideal and non-ideal theory, and applies the method of activist political theory to the global justice debate.

The workshop comprises critical responses to the book by Stuart White (University of Oxford), David Owen (University of Southampton) and David Miller (University of Oxford), with a reply by Lea Ypi (London School of Economics). read more...

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