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Institutions: Institutions are social structures that organize and guide human behavior. They can be formal or informal, and they can be public or private.
Annotation: The above characterizations of concepts are neither definitions nor exhausting presentations of problems related to them. Instead, they are intended to give a short introduction to the contributions below. – Lexicon of Arguments.

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Thomas Pogge on Institutions - Dictionary of Arguments

Gaus I 128
Institutions/Pogge/Gaus/Mack: (...) 'simple libertarianism' is flawed because it fails to appreciate how institutions create harm (2002(1): 172). In particular, Pogge insists that the imposition of the 'global economic order' causes harm: it 'engenders war, torture and starvation' (2002(1): 173), and so anyone who participates in that order is contributing to injustice (2002: 211). Indeed, all participants help starve the poor (2002(1): 214).
Egalitarianism: Thus global redistribution is required to compensate for harms done, as well as to satisfy a version of the Lockean proviso (2002(1): ch. 8; compare Steiner, 1994(2): ch. 8).
>Libertarianism/Pogge, >Rights/Pogge, >Egalitarianism/Gaus.

1. Pogge, Thomas (2002) World Poverty and Human Rights. Oxford: Polity.
2. Steiner, Hillel (1994) An Essay on Rights. Cambridge, MA: Blackwell.

Mack, Eric and Gaus, Gerald F. 2004. „Classical Liberalism and Libertarianism: The Liberty Tradition.“ In: Gaus, Gerald F. & Kukathas, Chandran 2004. Handbook of Political Theory. SAGE Publications

Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution. Translations: Dictionary of Arguments
The note [Concept/Author], [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] resp. "problem:"/"solution:", "old:"/"new:" and "thesis:" is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.
Pogge, Thomas
Gaus I
Gerald F. Gaus
Chandran Kukathas
Handbook of Political Theory London 2004

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