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So at first glance it is not clear that there is any subject for global political justice to be about. And even if one discerns a subject, it is not clear how to proceed, since models of political justice familiar from the domestic context do not straightforwardly apply. But it would be a mistake to be misled by this. Global and regional processes of public decision-making (‘‘regimes,’’ in the jargon of political science) are in some respects well developed already and under favorable circumstances can be expected to develop further.

6 Gini points per year. This is a very fast increase, faster than the increase experienced by the United States and United Kingdom in the decade of the 1980’s. … The bottom 5% of the world grew poorer, as their real incomes decreased between 1988 and 1993 by 25%, while the richest quintile grew richer. 7%)’’ [Branko Milanovic, ‘‘True World Income Distribution, 1988 and 1993: First Calculation Based on Household Surveys Alone,’’ The Economic Journal 112 (2002), p. uk/specialarticles/ecoj50673 pdf].

But from a more detached perspective, what matters is that philosophers engage with the subject at all. For the result is that practical issues that had been treated as uninteresting and peripheral can be appreciated for their genuine moral significance. Once appreciated, these issues do not go away. I do not believe there is any more urgent preoccupation for political philosophy today than to work out a better theoretical understanding of these matters of global justice. So the fact that they are now, unavoidably, before us should be encouraging: it is a sign of progress.

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