Chris Armstrong on global equality and special claims to resources

  • In ‘Justice and Natural Resources,’ Chris Armstrong offers a rich and sophisticated egalitarian theory of resource justice, according to which the benefits and burdens flowing from natural (and non-natural) resources are ideally distributed with a view to equalize people’s access to wellbeing, unless there are compelling reasons that justify departures from that egalitarian default. Armstrong discusses two such reasons: special claims from ‘improvement’ and ‘attachment.’ In this paper, I critically assess the account he gives of these potential constraints on global equality. I argue that his recognition of them has implications that Armstrong does not anticipate, and which challenge some important theses in his book. First, special claims from improvement will justify larger departures from the egalitarian default than Armstrong believes. Second, a consistent application of Armstrong’s life planfoundation for special claims from attachment implies that nation-states may move closer to justify ‘permanent sovereignty’ over the resources within their territories than what his analysis suggests.

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Author:Kim Angell
Parent Title (English):Global justice : theory, practice, rhetoric
Publisher:The Global Justice Network
Place of publication:Frankfurt am Main
Document Type:Article
Date of Publication (online):2021/07/24
Date of first Publication:2021/07/24
Publishing Institution:Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2022/03/23
Tag:Chris Armstrong; attachment; global equality; improvement; life plans; natural resources; special claims; value creation
Page Number:17
First Page:33
Last Page:49
Institutes:Gesellschaftswissenschaften / Gesellschaftswissenschaften
Dewey Decimal Classification:3 Sozialwissenschaften / 30 Sozialwissenschaften, Soziologie / 300 Sozialwissenschaften
3 Sozialwissenschaften / 34 Recht / 340 Recht
Licence (German):License LogoDeutsches Urheberrecht