Table 2

Caney’s four points about the importance of the state within a cosmopolitan ethical frame
Importance of the state Role
Instrumental Contributions • They can pursue cosmopolitan policies (e.g. debt relief)
• They can construct cosmopolitan institutions (e.g. World Health Organization)
Upholding Rights • Institutional arrangements to uphold persons rights within and outside of state borders
Engendering Justice • A national identity can rally support for state policies that uphold cosmopolitan ethics
Locus of Compensation • Provide compensation for global injustice (e.g. compensation for state enacted injustices such as colonization – Britain may provide compensation to Indian citizens for injustices enacted during colonial rule)


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