Global Population and Global Justice: Equitable Distribution of Resources Among Countries

Heather Widdows, Peter West-Oram

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Analysing the demands of global justice for the distribution of resources is a complex task and requires consideration of a broad range of issues. Of particular relevance is the effect that different distributions will have on global population growth and individual welfare. Since changes in the consumption and distribution of resources can have major effects on the welfare of the global population, and the rate at which it increases, it is important to establish meaningful principles to ensure a just distribution of resources. In order to establish such principles we must consider the scope of any reproductive rights, and rights to other goods, such as food and health care, as well as examine the extent of duties correlating to those rights. In addition to the impact that distributions of global goods have on the welfare of current generations, it is also important to consider what duties we have, if any, to future generations.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationeLS
Place of PublicationChichester
PublisherJohn Wiley & Sons
Publication statusPublished - 2012


  • global justice
  • reproductive rights
  • population ethics
  • environmental ethics
  • sustainability
  • resource constraints
  • duties to aid
  • human rights
  • population growth
  • climate change


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