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Trade Justice: An Argument for Integrationist, not Internal, Principles

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Andrew Walton



This is the authors' accepted manuscript of an article that has been published in its final definitive form by Wiley, 2020.

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This paper defends an ‘integrationist’ approach to trade justice, articulating distributive principles for trade that are sensitive to a wider terrain of moral concerns, such as poverty and inequality, natural resource holdings, environmental issues, and war. It juxtaposes this account with the trend to articulate ‘internal’ principles of trade justice – principles formulated independent of these concerns. It shows that the integrationist approach has persuasive normative grounding, demonstrates that it offers more plausible conclusions on a set of concrete issues surrounding the harms of trade, exploitation, and inequality, and challenges the theoretical framework of the internal approach. Thereby, it steers literature on both trade and global justice towards integrationism.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Walton A

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Political Philosophy

Year: 2020

Volume: 28

Issue: 1

Pages: 51-72

Print publication date: 01/03/2020

Online publication date: 15/07/2019

Acceptance date: 29/05/2019

Date deposited: 16/07/2019

ISSN (print): 0963-8016

ISSN (electronic): 1467-9760

Publisher: Wiley


DOI: 10.1111/jopp.12198


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