Global Social Justice

Papaioannou, Theo (2022). Global Social Justice. In: Yeates, Nicola and Holden, Chris eds. Understanding Global Social Policy. Understanding Welfare: Social Issues, Policy and Practice. Bristol: Policy Press, pp. 111–131.



Global justice is the extension of the theory and practice of social justice to the world. It is founded on the moral and political claim that, in today’s globalising world, our duties and obligations to other people extend beyond state borders. This justifies global social policies that aim at eradicating global poverty and reducing inequality. This chapter examines key debates about global justice and reviews different schools of thought. The argument put forward is that global justice is both a normative claim and an instrument of global social policy. This is clearly reflected in emerging institutions of global redistribution that are underpinned by the idea of fairness.

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