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Justice and the American Metropolis$
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Clarissa Rile Hayward and Todd Swanstrom

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816676125

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816676125.001.0001

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Public Reason and the Just City

Public Reason and the Just City

(p.59) 2 Public Reason and the Just City
Justice and the American Metropolis

Loren King

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter considers some problems of urban inequality in light of a certain dimension of justice: the importance of good reasons for imposing burdens on others. It discusses that a lack of official public concern with issues of justice in and around American cities may be rooted in the thickness of many distinctly urban and metropolitan injustices. People should evaluate proposed laws, policies, and institutions with a view to discerning whether the reasons used to justify them respect the equal political standing and basic interests of all affected. It argues that metropolitan justice is less substantive than procedural, which requires political processes that encourage respectful engagement across lines of difference and spaces in which those with unpopular values might pursue their reasonable ends.

Keywords:   urban inequality, justice, good reasons, public concern, American cities, laws, policies, institutions

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