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On Global Justice$
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Mathias Risse

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780691142692

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691142692.001.0001

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Justice and Accountability

Justice and Accountability

The State

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(p.325) Chapter 17 Justice and Accountability
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On Global Justice
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Mathias Risse

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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691142692.003.0017

This chapter examines how the state might best live up to its obligation to be accountable. It first considers the notion of one ground being embedded in another, noting that since states are embedded in other grounds, principles not tied to shared membership in states also apply to states. It then outlines a list of principles that apply to the state and looks at the notion of accountability, focusing on whether agents are accountable to those in the scope of principles toward whose realization they have duties, and what such accountability implies. The chapter proceeds by distinguishing different forms of accountability and argues that agents with duties toward realizing principles of justice are accountable to those in their scope. It concludes by rejecting the suggestion that we ought to build global democratic institutions.

Keywords:   states, accountability, agents, duties, principles of justice, global democratic institutions

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