Rawlsian Social Contract in Disaster Governance

Eija Meriläinen, Jukka Mäkinen

Tutkimustuotos: Artikkeli kirjassa/konferenssijulkaisussaConference contributionProfessional


Social contract is a hypothetical agreement amongst people to form a government for mutual protection and wellbeing. Yet in the globalized and neoliberal context states are increasingly witnessed as frames for economic activities. The global humanitarian system is filling in with disaster relief, but the aid provided is often instrumental and unaccountable. Simultaneously, resilience is promoted for the vulnerable and disaster-affected communities, highlighting their agency. These ‘communities’ are often marginalized within the states prior to a hazard – from the residents of the informal settlements to refugees without papers – and calls for resilient self-organization push them further outside the benefits of the social contract. Building on the Rawlsian conception of contractualism in this paper we critically interrogate the state of the social contract in the global disaster relief context, where the political community and the ‘resilient’ community have become disconnected. We show how the Rawlsian approach to the global disaster relief offers an alternative to the neoliberal agency perspective.
OtsikkoAmerican Association of Geographers Annual Meeting
TilaJulkaistu - 2018
OKM-julkaisutyyppiD3 Ammatillisen konferenssin julkaisusarja
TapahtumaAssociation of American Geographers Annual Meeting - New Orleans, Yhdysvallat
Kesto: 10 huhtik. 201814 huhtik. 2018


ConferenceAssociation of American Geographers Annual Meeting
KaupunkiNew Orleans


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