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Innovation and development in search of a political theory of justice

Papaioannou, Theo (2014). Innovation and development in search of a political theory of justice. International Journal of Technology and Globalisation, 7(3) pp. 179–202.

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Recent approaches to innovation and development have slowly started shifting their emphasis from economic growth to social equality and justice. These two concepts were prominent in the 1970s, but were sidelined during the neo-liberal era and are currently being rediscovered. Thus, innovation and development researchers now agree that making new things in new ways? has positive and negative impact on equality and socio-economic and political relations within and between countries. They recognise that innovation and technical change are significant from the point of view of distributive justice. However, despite their recognition, none of them adequately defines these concepts or provides a set of principles which ought to guide socially equitable or just innovation and development. This paper explains why innovation and development studies need to move towards the normative terrain in search of a plausible theory of distributive justice. Unless such a theory can be found and defended against other competing theories, the recent shift from economic growth to equality and social justice will be temporary and without any substantial impact on global policies for poverty reduction.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2014 Inderscience Enterprises Ltd
ISSN: 1741-8194
Extra Information: This article is a revised and expanded version of a paper entitled ‘Innovation, development and distributive justice’ presented at 63rd Annual International Conference of Political Studies Association, Cardiff, UK, 25–27 March 2013
Keywords: innovation; development; growth; global justice; equity; political theory.
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies > Development
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Research Group: Innovation, Knowledge & Development research centre (IKD)
OpenSpace Research Centre (OSRC)
International Development & Inclusive Innovation
Institute for Innovation Generation in the Life Sciences (Innogen)
Item ID: 37620
Depositing User: Theo Papaioannou
Date Deposited: 16 May 2013 08:36
Last Modified: 15 Aug 2019 17:34
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