Questions of (in)justice and the imperiality of power



Publicado 28-01-2015
David Slater


In this article, some key aspects of international justice and its transgressions are examined in a world context characterised by acute geopolitical asymmetries of power. Three interwoven issues are analysed. First, justice and democracy are analysed in the context of Western interventions in the global south. Particular emphasis is given to the idea that Western terminations of democratic governments in the global South have been emblematic examples of geopolitical injustice and the violation of popular sovereignty.

Second, it is pointed out that international injustice takes place in a setting inhabited by subjects or agents which are impacted by a differential distribution of affected and moral responsiveness. This theme is considered in a context of the politics of framing and issues of representation. Third, the question of popular self-determination is examined in relation to the continuing presence of imperial power. It is argued that the relations of freedom and justice within a political community can only be established, defended and successfully developed by members of that community.

David Slater is Emeritus Professor of Political Geography at Loughborough University, and Associate Fellow at the Institute for the Study of the Americas in the University of London. His research focuses on three interwoven themes: a) The Imperiality of Power and Geopolitical Memory; b) The Post-Colonial and Democratic Politics; and c) The Changing Face of Euro-Americanism. He has published 6 books and over 100 scientific articles and book chapters. Moreover, he has taught in Universities in Latin America, Europe and Asia.
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