Thieves of State: Why Corruption Threatens Global Security, Sarah Chayes (New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2015), 272 pp., $26.95 cloth. In Thieves of State, Sarah Chayes offers an engaging and persuasive analysis of kleptocracies as a historical and contemporary root of insecurity and violence. Her narrative prose, use of personal anecdotes, and ability […]
This issue includes an essay by Richard Goldstone on global ethical standards for international judges; a book symposium on Michael Blake’s Justice and Foreign Policy, featuring contributions from Anna Stilz, Pablo Gilabert, Simon Caney, and Richard Miller, with a reply from Blake; a feature by Holly Lawford-Smith on ethical consumption and individual obligations; a review essay by David Runciman on democracy in the age of the Internet; and book reviews by Mark Rigstad, Kenneth Rodman, and George Rupp.
I share Blake’s commitment to universal liberal values and also his commitment to autonomy. We part ways, however, over the question of when egalitarian ideals of distributive justice apply.
A global egalitarian approach is better for characterizing the wrongs involved in international exploitation than a global sufficientarian approach.