Global equality of resources and the problem of valuation

Brown, Alexander (2016) Global equality of resources and the problem of valuation. Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy, 19 (5). pp. 609-628. ISSN 1369-8230

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The principle that every individual on the planet has a claim to an equal share of Earth’s natural resources has an intuitive attraction. Yet the Principle of Natural Resource Equality is not without its problems. This article focuses on the problem of valuation. Unless and until its adherents are able to develop an adequate theoretical mechanism for determining the comparative value of two or more bundles of natural resources the principle lacks applicability and persuasive force. Three adequacy constraints on such a mechanism are presented and then applied to a theorisation of the Principle of Natural Resource Equality that I have already expounded elsewhere: Global Equality of Resources. In each case I try to argue that Global Equality of Resources could satisfy the adequacy constraint, provided that both this theory and the relevant constraint are properly understood.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: global justice,natural resources,equality,ronald dworkin
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies
University of East Anglia > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Political, Social and International Studies
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 24 Sep 2016 00:02
Last Modified: 30 Sep 2021 07:47
DOI: 10.1080/13698230.2016.1183754

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