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Volume 26 • Number 1

January 2012



 

 

SELF-DETERMINATION AND GLOBAL JUSTICE: MUTUALLY REINFORCING RATHER THAN IN TENSION


by Gillian Brock


Self-determination does and should play an important role in our conceptions of what it is to treat persons and peoples justly. I write at a time when the Middle East is erupting with demands for more appropriate rule by and for the people (of, for instance, Libya, Egypt, or Tunisia). Indigenous peoples around the world have been demanding better control over their traditional lands, over the last few decades in particular. And a serious global recession has affected all local economies since 2008, raising pertinent issues about the wisdom of having a global economy as interlinked as ours has become. Would we not do better to "de-link" from the global economy? Would more robust ideals of self-determination and political and economic autonomy provide better guidance than those that seem to dominate the current discussion of models of global justice?


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