Justice in the Diffusion of Innovation

Allen Buchanan, Tony Cole, Robert O. Keohane

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2 Scopus citations


This chapter explains why a theory of justice must take the fact of innovation seriously and focuses on one important problem of justice in innovation: the fact that when powerful innovations do not diffuse widely, but are available only to some, this creates opportunities for domination and exclusion. It explains a proposal for a new international institution designed to ameliorate this problem. The chapter strengthens the case for the proposal by comparing it both to the status quo and to a prominent proposal for international institutional change advanced by Thomas Pogge. It also explains how the proposal could be integrated into existing international law. The chapter brings innovation to center stage in thinking about justice, demonstrates that serious efforts to achieve justice in innovation requires institutional innovation, and stimulates deeper consideration of the issues the author addresses by articulating a concrete institutional proposal.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPolitical Theory Without Borders
Subtitle of host publicationPhilosophy, Politics and Society 9
Number of pages29
ISBN (Electronic)9781119110132
ISBN (Print)9781119110088
StatePublished - Oct 27 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Institutional innovation
  • International institution
  • International law
  • Theory of justice
  • Thomas Pogge

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities


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