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Re-framing justice in a globalising world

Globalisation is changing the way we argue about justice. Professor Nancy Fraser, New School University, shall explore the changes needed when thinking about 'justice' in a public lecture at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) on Tuesday 8 March.

Not so long ago, disputes about justice assumed a Keynesian-Westphalian framework. Debated within national publics, such disputes concerned relations among fellow citizens and the possibility of the redress of injustice by territorial states. But changing global circumstances call for a rethinking of this model.

Professor Fraser argues that in order to deal with this challenge to our theories of social justice:

  • The theory of justice must become three-dimensional, incorporating the political dimension of representation alongside the economic dimension of distribution and the cultural dimension of recognition
  • The political dimension of representation should be understood as encompassing three levels

These two arguments will be a paradigm shift: what the Keynesian-Westphalian frame cast as the theory of social justice must now become a theory of postwestphalian democratic justice.

Nancy Fraser is Henry A and Louise A Loeb Professor of Philosophy and Politics at the Graduate Faculty of New School University and co-editor of Constellations.

Professor David Held, LSE, will chair this event.

Re-framing Justice in a Globalising World is on Tuesday 8 March at 6.30pm in the Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE, Houghton Street, London WC2A. This event is free and open to all with no ticket required. Entry is on a first come, first serve basis.


To request a press seat, please contact Jessica Winterstein, LSE Press Office, on 020 7955 7060 or email j.Winterstein@lse.ac.uk| 


This event is part of a series of Ralph Miliband Lectures on Inequalities: dimensions and challenges. For more information on the Ralph Miliband Lectures at LSE, see The Ralph Miliband Programme|

28 February 2005