Rowman and Littlefield International

Justice in a Non-Ideal World

Bridging the Gap Between Political Theory and Real-World Politics

By (author) Alexandre Gajevic Sayegh

Publication date:

10 April 2019

Length of book:

236 pages


Rowman & Littlefield International

ISBN-13: 9781786608765

The realisation of justice in the real world requires political theory and political action. This book offers a road map for these two notions to connect. It explains how action-guiding principles are formulated by seeking cross-disciplinary input. Also, it casts light on the concepts that occupy the space between political theory and real-world politics, which are often used as reasons to obstruct the progression of social justice, e.g. feasibility, fact-sensitivity, compliance and path-dependence. This book argues for a re-appropriation of these concepts in the name of justice. Many examples will be provided. In particular, the book focuses on the case of climate change. It offers two case studies on the realisation of climate justice.
What is our ideal of justice? What can we do to make the world a better place here and now? Bridging these questions, this insightful study presents a conceptual framework for formulating action-guiding principles. Case studies from climate change and international taxation provide refreshing illustrations of how to use abstract values as inspiration while showing sensitivity to empirical facts.