Global equality of resources and the problem of valuation

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The principle that every individual on the planet has a claim to an equal share of Earth’s natural resources has an intuitive attraction. Yet the Principle of Natural Resource Equality is not without its problems. This article focuses on the problem of valuation. Unless and until its adherents are able to develop an adequate theoretical mechanism for determining the comparative value of two or more bundles of natural resources the principle lacks applicability and persuasive force. Three adequacy constraints on such a mechanism are presented and then applied to a theorisation of the Principle of Natural Resource Equality that I have already expounded elsewhere: Global Equality of Resources. In each case I try to argue that Global Equality of Resources could satisfy the adequacy constraint, provided that both this theory and the relevant constraint are properly understood.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)609-628
Number of pages20
JournalCritical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy
Issue number5
Early online date19 May 2016
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • global justice
  • natural resources
  • equality
  • Ronald Dworkin

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