Social Justice in a Global Age
April 2009, Polity
The aim of this volume is to articulate a modern conception of social justice that remains relevant for an era of rapid globalisation. The authors have developed a robust theoretical account of the relationship between globalisation and social justice complemented by an underpinning policy framework that aims to sustain new forms of equity and solidarity.
About Policy Network vii
About the Contributors viii
1 Rethinking Social Justice in the Global Age 3
Olaf Cramme and Patrick Diamond
2 Social Justice versus Global Justice? 23
3 Towards a Renewed Concept of Social Justice 38
4 Winners and Losers of Economic Globalisation 61
5 Globalisation and Demographic Imbalances 77
6 Globalisation and the New Social Realities in Europe 94
III Political Economy
7 Moving Beyond the National: The Challenges for Social
Democracy in a Global World 117
8 Social Justice in a ‘Shrinking’ World: Beyond
Protectionism and Neo-liberalism 136
9 Globalisation, New Technology and Economic Transformation
IV Policy Framework
10 Solidarity Beyond the Nation-State? Refl ections on the
European Experience 177
11 Spatial and Gender Inequalities in the Global Economy: A
Transformative Perspective 195
12 Addressing Adverse Consequences of Globalisation for Workers
13 The Progressive Challenge: Shared Prosperity 239
Patrick Diamond is a Senior Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics, and a member of the Policy Network board. He is a former Special Adviser in the Prime Minister's Policy Unit.
- This fascinating volume brings together important contributions
from key authors to examine the relationship between social justice
and global justice.
- The introduction by the Editors provides a clear overview of
the the articles featured as well as explaining the need to provide
a modern conception of social justice in an era of
- The essays address many themes in relation to this central
issue of social justice, such as the effect on gender inequalities
and the impact of migration.
- This provides an interesting account of the impact of globalization and how this will shape the future of social justice.
"This is a visionary work concerned with what the principles of
social justice 'ought' to be in the global age."
Political Studies Review
"Presents a wealth of ideas that will be valuable not only for
those in the academic and political spheres, but also for leaders
of foundations and NGOs working to promote social and economic
"A 'must read' for all searching for a way to make globalisation
more equitable and to renew social policies at a time of
ever-growing interdependence. The huge challenge of the financial
and economic crisis of 2009 makes these reflections all the more
Kemal Dervis, Former Head of the United Nations Development Programme, and author of A Better Globalization: Legitimacy, Governance, and Reform
"From the wreckage of the world's financial system two insights
emerge. Global economic integration demands stronger global
governance; and the political legitimacy of globalisation depends
on an equitable distribution of the fruits of prosperity. Economic
efficiency cannot be separated from social justice. This collection
of essays provides essential reading for the most important debate
of our times."
Philip Stephens, Associate Editor, Financial Times
"Cramme and Diamond have produced a very timely collection given
growing protectionist impulses and the urgent need to rethink the
governance of globalisation. These original and reflective essays,
written by key thinkers and advocates in the field, challenge
orthodox thinking about social justice under conditions of economic
globalisation. At this moment of global crisis this book deserves
to be read as a reminder that duties to our compatriots and to
others must be and can be reconciled."
Tony McGrew, Professor of International Relations, Southampton University, and co-author of Globalization/Anti-Globalization