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Economic Justice: A Structural Perspective

Political Economy
Political Theory
Social Justice
Freedom
International
P105
Lisa Herzog
Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
Andrew Walton
University of Newcastle
Andrew Walton
University of Newcastle

Friday 11:00 - 12:40 (09/09/2016)

Building: Faculty of Arts Floor: 3 Room: FA301

Abstract

The idea that there are injustices in the contemporary (domestic and global) economy is prevalent in a wide range of writing, and it is not surprising that there is a diverse array of ways to think about the nature of the injustices involved. Much literature has focused criticism on individuated interactions, arguing, for example, that transnational companies pay their workers too little, or on overall distributions that arise from economic relations. More recently, however, there have been attempts to consider economic (in)justice from a more structural perspective. Such approaches focus attention not on particular exchanges or arising distributions, but on the broader patterns and structures through which economic relations take place. These structures can be more or less just in terms of, amongst other things, whether individuals are given equal standing within them and whether they properly address the cumulative effects of economic transactions (such as cyclical disadvantage). This panel brings together authors interested in exploring such matters of structural (in)justice addressed to a range of economic areas, including finance and debt, trade, labour markets, and the workplace. It will pay particular attention to questions regarding the appropriate level at which to target criticisms of economic (in)justice and the implications for applied philosophical investigation in the field. Convenors Lisa Herzog is a postdoctoral researcher at Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany. She currently works on questions of economic justice and ethics in organization. She has published Inventing the Market. Smith, Hegel, and Political Theory (OUP 2013) and a number of papers in journals such as Journal of the History of Philosophy, Journal of Business Ethics, WestEnd, Deutsche Zeitschrift für Philosohie, and Philosophy Compass. Andrew Walton is Lecturer in Political Philosophy, Newcastle University, UK. His recent research, which has explored distributive justice, labour rights, and democracy in international trade and issues surrounding tax and public service provision in domestic society, can be found in Political Studies, Moral Philosophy and Politics, CRISPP, Analyse & Kritik, Ethics and Global Politics, and Utilitas.

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