Population and Political Theory / Edition 1

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Part of the acclaimed Politics and Society series, Population and Political Theory brings together leading thinkers in the fields of philosophy, political science, economics, and social policy to address issues at the convergence of population policy and political theory.

  • Offers a single-volume, systematic overview of philosophical issues relating to population
  • Represents a unique merging of discussions of population policy with political theory
  • Broad in scope, the diverse discussions will appeal to political philosophers, population specialists, and public policy makers
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“This volume will prove to be rewarding reading for allgraduate students and scholars in social policy, demography, ethicsand political theory who are interested in populationissues.”  (Social Policy & Administration, 1February 2013)

“As a result the book is both accessible to theuninitiated and valuable to the initiated.  Overall, itrepresents an excellent resource for political philosophers,population theorists and policy makers.”  (PoliticalStudies Review, 10 March 2012)

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Meet the Author

James S. Fishkin holds the Janet M. Peck Chair inInternational Communication at Stanford University where he isProfessor of Communication and Professor of Political Science. Heis also Director of Stanford’s Center for DeliberativeDemocracy and has been co-editor of the Philosophy, Politics andSociety series since 1979. He is the author of a number ofbooks on both democratic theory and the theory of justice,including When the People Speak (2009) and The Dialogueof Justice (1992).

Robert E. Goodin is a Distinguished Professor of bothPhilosophy and of Social and Political Theory in the ResearchSchool of Social Sciences at Australian National University; and aCorresponding Fellow of the British Academy. He is Editor of a10-volume series of Oxford Handbooks of Political Scienceand the Journal of Political Philosophy. Hislatest book is Innovating Democracy (2008).

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Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors.


Introduction: Population & Political Theory (James S.Fishkin & Robert E. Goodin)

1. Population & Ethics: Expanding the Moral Space (SisselaBok)

2. Should We Value Population? (John Broome)

3. Regarding Optimum Population (Partha Dasgupta)

4. On Doing the Best for Our Children (Derek Parfit)

5. Shaping Future Children: Parental Rights and SocietalInterest (Dan W. Brock)

6. On Future Generations' Future Rights (Axel Grosseries)

7. Justice Between Adjacent Generations: Further Thoughts(Norman Daniels)

8. Generations at War or Sustainable Social Policy in AgeingSocieties (Thomas Lindh, Bo Malmberg and Joakim Palme)

9. Dependency, Difference and Global Ethic of Longterm Care (EvaFeder Kittay with Bruce Jennings and Angela Wasunna)

10. Live-in Domestics, Seasonal Workers, and Others Hard toLocate on the Map of Democracy (Joseph H. Carens)

11. Immigrants, Nations and Citizenship (David Miller)

12. Justice in Migration: A Closed Borders Utopia? (Lea Ypi)

13. The Ethics of Refugee Policy (Peter Singer and RenataSinger)

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