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Global warming and the cosmopolitan political conception of justice
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Government.
2008 (English)In: Environmental Politics, ISSN 0964-4016, Vol. 17, no 4, 592-609 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Within the literature in green political theory on global environmental threats one can often find dissatisfaction with liberal theories of justice. This is true even though liberal cosmopolitans regularly point to global environmental problems as one reason for expanding the scope of justice beyond the territorial limits of the state. One of the causes for scepticism towards liberal approaches is that many of the most notable anti-cosmopolitan theories are also advanced by liberals. In this paper, I first explain why one of the strongest expressions of liberal anti-cosmopolitanism cannot simply be dismissed because it may fail to support desired environmental ends. The political conception of justice represents one of the most important challenges to cosmopolitanism generally and is thus a serious challenge to viewing global environmental problems in terms of cosmopolitan justice. Second, I will show through the case of anthropogenic global warming that the political conception of justice under current conditions does have clear cosmopolitan implications despite its proponents' claims.

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2008. Vol. 17, no 4, 592-609 p.
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Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-149510DOI: 10.1080/09644010802193476ISI: 000258313700005OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-149510DiVA: diva2:405091

Conference Information: ECPR Joint Sessions of Workshops Univ Helsinki, Helsinki, FINLAND, MAY 07-12, 2007

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