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Multinational Corporations and Global JusticeHuman Rights Obligations of a Quasi-Governmental Institution$
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Florian Wettstein

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780804762403

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804762403.001.0001

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A Look into the Future

A Look into the Future

Restoring Democracy in the Global Age

(p.348) Chapter 10 A Look into the Future
Multinational Corporations and Global Justice
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Global justice is not possible if treated in the context of political and institutional statism. In order to take moral cosmopolitanism seriously, a sound institutional cosmopolitanism, which demands institutional pluralism, is required. Thus, the focus should be on all those institutions that can make valuable contributions to the realization of people's rights and not on state action which limits the number of solutions suitable for a globalizing world. Multinational corporations have moral obligations in this regard, but the fact that they are emerging as key players in the realization of global justice illustrates a problem endemic to the globalization process and concurrent attempts to realize global justice: the problem of democratic legitimation. In order to attain cosmopolitan justice, a global democratic order must be established. The link between global democracy and global justice is not only causal but also inherent. Global justice and global democracy can either be realized or not at all.

Keywords:   global justice, democracy, cosmopolitanism, globalization, democratic legitimation, moral obligations

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