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Global Justice, Markets and Domination

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Global Justice, Markets and Domination

A Cosmopolitan Theory

9781839102554 Edward Elgar Publishing
Fausto Corvino, Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Theoretical Philosophy, Department of Philosophy and Educational Sciences, University of Turin, Italy
Publication Date: November 2020 ISBN: 978 1 83910 255 4 Extent: c 208 pp
This thought-provoking book analyses the process of labour commodification, through which the individual’s ability to earn a basic living becomes dependent on the conditions of the market relationship. Building on the premise that the separation of a group of individuals from the means of production is an intrinsic element of capitalism, Fausto Corvino theorises that this implies a form of domination in a neo-republican sense.

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This thought-provoking book analyses the process of labour commodification, through which the individual’s ability to earn a basic living becomes dependent on the conditions of the market relationship. Building on the premise that the separation of a group of individuals from the means of production is an intrinsic element of capitalism, Fausto Corvino theorises that this implies a form of domination in a neo-republican sense.

Proposing an original theory of global justice denoted as a minimum de-commodification of labour power, this book explains the ways in which this cosmopolitan principle resists the criticisms that are commonly advanced against classic theories of global justice and charts a theory falling between the neo-republican and labour republican approaches. It stimulates the debate on, and moral critique of, capitalism and the obstacles it poses to individual freedoms, with a focus on exploitation and domination.

Global Justice, Markets and Domination will be a key resource for students and scholars researching capitalism and analytical Marxism, political economics and human rights. It will also be of benefit to those interested in theories of global and distributive justice and the economic implications of the neo-republican theory of freedom as non-domination.
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‘Fausto Corvino’s book is an original, engaging and enjoyable read. It is also erudite and wide-ranging. By bringing the extensive literatures on domination, distributive justice, and cosmopolitanism to bear on questions of commodification and structural economic deprivation, Corvino’s argument complements and advances these debates. Moreover, his openness to disciplines other than philosophy, such as economic sociology, makes this book a valuable addition to contemporary interdisciplinary scholarship at the intersection of philosophy, economic sociology, and political science.’
– Nicholas Vrousalis, Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands

‘This clear and engaging book advances the debate by masterfully synthesizing several recent accounts of economic justice. Fausto Corvino argues that the world economy should be so organized that all can meet their basic needs without selling their labor power. With minimally adequate non-labor income for all, employment opportunities would be attractive enough to be freely embraced by workers who remain free to be unemployed. The world’s elites are harming those who, under the global economic arrangements they uphold and benefit from, are compelled to work.’
– Thomas Pogge, Yale University, US

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Contents: 1. Labour commodification 2. Market and domination 3. A minimum de-commodification of labour and global justice 4. Statist objections to a cosmopolitan minimum de-commodification of labour Index

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