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Justice and Foreign Policy

Michael Blake


What principles of justice ought to restrain a liberal state in its dealings with other state? This book defends the idea that a liberal state can act justly abroad, without abandoning either the idea that it has some specific duties to only its own citizens, or the idea that liberal democracy is superior to illiberal forms of political organization. In the area of distributive justice, the book defends the idea that the liberal state is obliged to ensure certain forms of material equality amongst its own citizens, because of the coercive powers the state presumes the right to deploy. This is ... More

Keywords: Global justice, democracy, foreign policy, imperialism, poverty, toleration, coercion, international law

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199552009
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199552009.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Blake, author
Professor of Philosophy and Public Affairs, University of Washington