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Cosmopolitan justice and the globalization of capitalism: The UNDP and ILO proposals

van den Anker, Christien


Christien van den Anker


Recently several proposals for more effective, democratic and just forms of global governance have been put forward. In this paper I compare the proposals by the United Nations Development Programme, the International Labour Organization and cosmopolitan democrats like David Held. I assess to what extent they are in accordance with cosmopolitan views of global justice and I critically evaluate to what extent they may be feasible interim steps. The conclusion is that even though some proposals are more radical than others, they all leave in place the current institutions of an international order based on sovereign nation-states, global capitalism and its resulting inequality, and models of development as based on maximizing economic growth. If cosmopolis is to replace empire in the international system, then these certainties need to be open for discussion, too. © 2005 Taylor & Francis Group Ltd.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Dec 1, 2005
Journal Globalizations
Print ISSN 1474-7731
Electronic ISSN 1474-774X
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 2
Issue 2
Pages 254-270
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