Innovation and Development in Search of a Political Theory of Justice
Forthcoming article by Theo Papaioannou explores why innovation and development studies need a plausible theory of distributive justice.
Recent approaches to innovation and development have slowly started shifting their emphasis from economic growth to social equality and justice. These two concepts were prominent in the 1970s, but were sidelined during the neo-liberal era and are currently being rediscovered. Thus, innovation and development researchers now agree that making new things in new ways has positive and negative impact on equality and socio-economic and political relations within and between countries. They recognise that innovation and technical change are significant from the point of view of distributive justice; however, despite their recognition, none of them adequately defines these concepts or provides a set of principles which ought to guide socially equitable or just innovation and development.
As such, Dr Papaioannou will explore in his article why innovation and development studies need to move towards the normative terrain in search of a plausible theory of distributive justice. He argues that unless such a theory can be found and defended against other competing theories, the recent shift from economic growth to equality and social justice will be temporary and without any substantial impact on global policies for poverty reduction.
The article is currently in press in the International Journal of Technology and Globalisation.