New Ideas in Economic Justice

New Ideas in Economic Justice

Convener: Mark Reiff (University of California at Davis)

Economic justice has long been a focus of political philosophy, but given the lingering suffering from the Great Recession and the growing strength of the populist right, a political movement that purports to speak for the working class, questions of economic justice have become some of the most urgent of our time.  It is quite possible that failure to make some real and rapid progress on instantiating economic justice will lead to a meltdown in the liberal democratic world order of the type we have not seen since World War II. And while more and more political theorists are writing about these issues, many issues within the reach of economic justice are still being left to economists alone, and old approaches to economic justice still dominate the agenda in political theory.  The purpose of this workshop is accordingly to search out bold, new ideas about key issues of economic justice, to bring those working on these questions in different fields together, and to provide high-quality feedback on the participants’ works-in-progress.  

Papers are accordingly invited on any of the following topics:

  • Economic justice and the rise of right-wing populism
  • Unemployment and economic justice
  • Austerity and economic justice
  • Unionization and economic justice
  • Taxation and economic justice
  • The pursuit of economic growth and economic justice
  • Debt and economic justice
  • Immigration and economic justice
  • Fiscal v. monetary approaches to economic justice
  • New approaches to economic inequality
  • The role of the political philosopher in the fight for economic justice

Paper proposals are welcome from philosophers, political scientists, economists, and those from any other discipline associated with these issues, as well as from those working for governmental or non-governmental organizations.  Papers may contain a technical component, but should be primarily normative and therefore accessible to non-economists.  Papers may and indeed are expected to be unpublished as of the date of the conference, but full drafts should be ready to be pre-circulated no later than 1 September.  Participants in the workshop will be expected to have read each paper in advance.  Multiple sessions of the workshop are contemplated, but each session of the workshop shall contain no more than three papers, no presentation by the author will be required, and each paper will therefore be discussed for at least fifty minutes.  

To present a paper at the workshop, please submit a 300-word abstract for consideration to mrreiff@ucdavis.edu by Monday 1 May 2017.  Papers selected for inclusion in the workshop will be announced as soon as possible after the submission date.