Justice and Markets – New Challenges to Open Borders

CIPS and the CN-Paul M. Tellier Chair on Business and Public Policy
Thursday, 12 October 2017 - 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
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Contact person: 
Patrick Leblond
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Free of charge
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Markets are seen internationally, as both, a vehicle for the realization of justice goals, as well as a hurdle for such goals. On the one hand, many argued that the best way to realize redistributive justice in developed societies is by liberalizing trade and the movement of peoples, so that labour demand and labour supply can coalesce. Similarly, the best way to assure the realization of socio-economic redistribution is through economic growth, and that such growth is better fostered through market liberalization, rather than state interventions. On the other hand, many argue that liberalization is only to the benefit of a specific, higher echelon of societies, and that those most in need of redistributive justice measures may lose out. The worry is that if labour markets are open to migrants, labour wages will decline and those on with lower income will suffer, for example. Rather than opening markets to international actors, national governments should regulate immigration and prevent manufacturing industries to relocate to developing countries with lower labour costs. This roundtable of experts in philosophy, politics and economics will address this most important debate about the pros and cons of open borders in terms of the relation between justice and markets.   Participants:
  • Susan Aaronson (George Washington University),
  • Wayne Norman (Duke University) &
  • Michèle Rioux (Université du Québec à Montréal)