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Social Justice in the Global Age

Social Justice in the Global Age

Olaf Cramme & Patrick Diamond (ed)

27 March 2009

What is the relationship between the principles of social justice and global justice? How can we best reconcile the quest for greater social justice ‘at home’ with greater social justice in the world? Are the social justice pressures our societies currently face the result of globalisation or are they domestically generated? How can we advance social justice in the light of the new social realities? In this volume, leading international experts offer compelling answers to these questions.

The aim of this volume is to articulate a modern conception of social justice that remains relevant for an era of rapid globalisation. The authors have developed a robust theoretical account of the relationship between globalisation and social justice complemented by an underpinning policy framework that aims to sustain new forms of equity and solidarity.

Social Justice in the Global Age grew out of Policy Network's work programme on globalisation and social justice. To order a copy of this book please click here.


'A "must read" for all searching for a way to make globalisation more equitable and to renew social policies at a time of ever-growing interdependence. The huge challenge of the financial and economic crisis of 2009 makes these reflections all the more timely.'
Kemal Dervis, Former Head of the United Nations Development Programme, and author of A Better Globalization: Legitimacy, Governance, and Reform

'From the wreckage of the world's financial system two insights emerge. Global economic integration demands stronger global governance; and the political legitimacy of globalisation depends on an equitable distribution of the fruits of prosperity. Economic efficiency cannot be separated from social justice. This collection of essays provides essential reading for the most important debate of our times.'
Philip Stephens, Associate Editor, Financial Times

'Cramme and Diamond have produced a very timely collection given growing protectionist impulses and the urgent need to rethink the governance of globalisation. These original and reflective essays, written by key thinkers and advocates in the field, challenge orthodox thinking about social justice under conditions of economic globalisation. At this moment of global crisis this book deserves to be read as a reminder that duties to our compatriots and to others must be and can be reconciled.'
Tony McGrew, Professor of International Relations, Southampton University, and co-author of Globalization/Anti-Globalization

Book launch

From crisis to opportunity: social justice after the recession - London, 29 June

Table of contents


Chapter 1: Rethinking Social Justice in the Global Age (Olaf Cramme and Patrick Diamond)

Section I: Principles

Chapter 2: Social Justice versus Global Justice? (David Miller)

Chapter 3: Towards a Renewed Concept of Social Justice (Wolfgang Merkel)

Section II: Analysis

Chapter 4: Winners and Losers of Economic Globalisation (Lionel Fontagné)

Chapter 5: Globalisation and Demographic Imbalances (Germano Dottori)

Chapter 6: Globalisation and the New Social Realities in Europe (Roger Liddle)

Section III: Political Economy

Chapter 7: Moving Beyond the National: The Challenges for Social Democracy in a Global World (Andrew Gamble)

Chapter 8: Social Justice in a "Shrinking" World: Beyond Protectionism and Neo-liberalism (David Coates)

Chapter 9: Globalisation, New Technology and Economic Transformation (Robert Atkinson)

Section IV: Policy Framework

Chapter 10: Solidarity Beyond the Nation State? Reflections on the European Experience (Maurizio Ferrera)

Chapter 11: Spatial and Gender Inequalities in the Global Economy: A Transformative Perspective (Diane Perrons)

Chapter 12: Addressing Adverse Consequences of Globalisation for Workers (Anke Hassel)

Chapter 13: The Progressive Challenge: Shared Prosperity (Gene Sperling)


About the authors

Olaf Cramme is the director of Policy Network.

Patrick Diamond is head of long-term policy in the UK Prime Minister's Office, 10 Downing Street.

Robert Atkinson is president and founder of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, Washington DC.

David Coates holds the Worrell Professorship in Anglo-American Studies at Wake Forest University in North Carolina.

Germano Dottori teaches Strategic Studies in the International Free University for Social Sciences and International Security in the Link-Campus of Malta University, both in Rome.

Maurizio Ferrera is professor of comparative social policy and president of the Graduate School in Social, Economic and Political Studies at the University of Milan.

Lionel Fontagné is Professor of Economics in the Paris School of Economics, Université Paris I (Panthéon-Sorbonne).

Andrew Gamble is professor of politics at the University of Cambridge.

Anke Hassel is professor of public policy at Hertie School of Governance, Berlin.

Roger Liddle is the vice chair of Policy Network and a visiting fellow at the European Institute, London School of Economics.

Wolfgang Merkel is the director of the research unit "Democracy: Structures, Performance, Challenges" at the Social Science Research Center Berlin (WZB)

David Miller is official fellow in social and political theory at Nuffield College, University of Oxford.

Diane Perrons is director of the Gender Institute and Reader in Economic Geography and Gender Studies at the London School of Economics.

Gene Sperling is counselor to US Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner.

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