On trade justice : a philosophical plea for a new global deal / Mathias Risse and Gabriel Wollner.  (Text) (Text)

Risse, Mathias, 1970-
Wollner, Gabriel, 1981-
Call no.: HF1379 .R577 2019Publication: Oxford ; New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2019Edition: 1st edDescription: viii, 278 pISBN: 0198837410 (hbk.); 9780198837411 (hbk.)Subject(s): World Trade OrganizationInternational trade -- Moral and ethical aspectsCommerce -- PhilosophyCommercial policyJusticeLOC classification: HF1379 | .R577 2019
Contents:Preface and acknowledgements – 1. The political significance and philosophical complexities of trade – PART I. TRADE JUSTICE. 2. Towards a new global deal – 3. Images of trade – 4. Trade as one ground of justice – 5. Exploitation as unfairness through power – 6. The moral force of exploitation – PART II. SEEING LIKE A STATE. 7. The state as an agent of trade justice – 8. A much-needed organization: rethinking the WTO – 9. Domestic trade policies in an interconnected world – 10. A step in the wrong direction: mega-regionalism – PART III. SEEING LIKE A CORPORATION. 11. Theorizing the firm – 12. Dealing with workers: the question of wages – 13. Dealing with communities: the relocation of jobs – 14. Dispersed responsibility: cooperating with other firms and authoritarian states – Conclusion: what can be done? – Bibliography – Index.
Summary: Trade has made the world. Still, trade remains an elusive and profoundly difficult area for philosophical thought. This novel account of trade justice makes ideas about exploitation central, giving pride of place to philosophical ideas about global justice but also contributing to moral disputes about practical questions. On Trade Justice is a philosophical plea for a new global deal, in continuation of, but also at appropriate distance to, post-war efforts to design a fair global-governance system in the spirit of the American New Deal of the 1930s. This book is written in the tradition of contemporary analytical philosophy but also puts its subject into a historical perspective to motivate its relevance. It covers the subject of trade justice from its0theoretical foundations to a number of specific issues on which the authors' account throws light. The state as an actor in the domain of global justice is central to the discussion but it also explores the obligations of business extensively, recognizing the importance of the modern corporation for trade. Topics such as wages injustice, collusion with authoritarian regimes, relocation decisions, and obligations arising from interaction with suppliers and sub-contractors all enter prominently.0Another central actor in the domain of trade is the World Trade Organization. The WTO needs to see itself as an agent of justice. This book explores how this organization should be reformed in light of the proposals it makes. In particular, the WTO needs to endorse a human-rights and development-oriented mandate. Overall, this book hopes to make a theoretical contribution to the creation of an exploitation-free world.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 253-272) and index.

Preface and acknowledgements – 1. The political significance and philosophical complexities of trade – PART I. TRADE JUSTICE. 2. Towards a new global deal – 3. Images of trade – 4. Trade as one ground of justice – 5. Exploitation as unfairness through power – 6. The moral force of exploitation – PART II. SEEING LIKE A STATE. 7. The state as an agent of trade justice – 8. A much-needed organization: rethinking the WTO – 9. Domestic trade policies in an interconnected world – 10. A step in the wrong direction: mega-regionalism – PART III. SEEING LIKE A CORPORATION. 11. Theorizing the firm – 12. Dealing with workers: the question of wages – 13. Dealing with communities: the relocation of jobs – 14. Dispersed responsibility: cooperating with other firms and authoritarian states – Conclusion: what can be done? – Bibliography – Index.

Trade has made the world. Still, trade remains an elusive and profoundly difficult area for philosophical thought. This novel account of trade justice makes ideas about exploitation central, giving pride of place to philosophical ideas about global justice but also contributing to moral disputes about practical questions. On Trade Justice is a philosophical plea for a new global deal, in continuation of, but also at appropriate distance to, post-war efforts to design a fair global-governance system in the spirit of the American New Deal of the 1930s. This book is written in the tradition of contemporary analytical philosophy but also puts its subject into a historical perspective to motivate its relevance. It covers the subject of trade justice from its0theoretical foundations to a number of specific issues on which the authors' account throws light. The state as an actor in the domain of global justice is central to the discussion but it also explores the obligations of business extensively, recognizing the importance of the modern corporation for trade. Topics such as wages injustice, collusion with authoritarian regimes, relocation decisions, and obligations arising from interaction with suppliers and sub-contractors all enter prominently.0Another central actor in the domain of trade is the World Trade Organization. The WTO needs to see itself as an agent of justice. This book explores how this organization should be reformed in light of the proposals it makes. In particular, the WTO needs to endorse a human-rights and development-oriented mandate. Overall, this book hopes to make a theoretical contribution to the creation of an exploitation-free world.

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