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Dietsch, Peter

Full Professor

  • Director of the Economics and Ethics theme, Centre de Recherche en Éthique
  • Member of the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists of the Royal Society of Canada (2017-2024)


  • Telephone 514-343-6482 Pav. 2910 EDOUARD-MONTPETIT \ Ext. 316
Dietsch, Peter

Research expertise

My main research interests converge on questions of distribution in economic and social ethics and are organized around 2 themes. The 1st lies at the heart of the literature on theories of justice. Here I am working on the question of how the co-operative surplus is distributed among different contributors to the production process. I am also seeking answers to questions in the contemporary debate on liberal egalitarianism, such as the moral justification of the influence of talents or certain systemic factors on the well-being of members of society.

The 2nd research theme has to do with questions of a more applied nature. Although distributive justice is linked in many ways with economic issues and their institutionalization, this link is often neglected in contemporary political philosophy. A good example is the tax system. Although theories of distributive justice regularly call on the tax system as a tool for redistribution, they rarely analyze the operation of this system and the implications of its operation on distributive justice itself. In this context, I am currently working on a normative evaluation of the phenomenon of tax competition, i.e. competition among jurisdictions to attract outside capital.

Areas of expertise



Do Central Banks Serve the People? (with François Claveau and Clément Fontan) Polity Press, 2018


Media interventions related to Do Central Banks Serve the People?

-        “Nicht gewählte Mächtige”, reivew in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 12 November 2018

-        “Why central banks must change before the next crisis hits”, Justice Everywhere blog, 24 September 2018


Catching Capital – The Ethics of Tax Competition, Oxford University Press, 2015


Book reviews of Catching Capital have been published here:

-        A book symposium in Philosophiques

-        Economics & Philosophy

-        Erasmus Journal for Philosophy and Economics

-        Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

-        Contemporary Political Theory

-        Foreign Affairs

-        phdskat blog


Media interventions related to Catching Capital:

-        “Limiting tax competition with a minimum corporate tax rate”, Policy Options / Options Politiques, 1 June 2018

-        Enquête broadcast, Radio-Canada, 30 November 2017

-        Interview on Radio CRE, “Justice et réforme fiscale”, 14 November 2017

-        “Regard éthique sur les Paradise Papers avec un philosophe de la finance”, Radio CISM, 12 November 2017

-        Interview on “Faut pas croire tout ce qu’on dit”, round table with Michel Lacombe, Radio-Canada, 11 November 2017

-        “Wie ein gerechteres Steuersystem aussehen könnte”, article in the Süddeutsche Zeitung, 3 September 2016

-        “Oh wie schön ist Panama! Wie lässt sich Steuerwettbewerb zwischen Staaten einschränken?”, article in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung, 27 July 2016

-        “Die ‘Panama Papers’ – Vom Verstecken und Verschleiern”, interview on the Swiss radio station SRF2, 19 April 2016, www.srf.ch/sendungen/kontext/die-panama-papers-vom-verstecken-und-verschleiern, minute 26 to 38

-        “Panama Papers – Le vrai problème, c’est la concurrence fiscale”, interview in Le Devoir, 13 April 2016, www.ledevoir.com/international/actualites-internationales/467938/panama-papers-le-vrai-probleme-c-est-la-concurrence-fiscale

-        “Tax avoidance isn’t just bad apples – systemic poaching requires systemic fixes”, The Globe & Mail, 9 April 2016, www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/rob-commentary/tax-avoidance-isnt-just-bad-apples-systemic-poaching-requires-systemic-fixes/article29573622/

-        “La lutte contre l’évitement fiscal des multinationals, ça peut fonctionner?”, interview in the programme Planète Terre of the CÉRIUM / Le Devoir and broadcast on Canal Savoir, 21 October 2015, www.ledevoir.com/planete-terre

-        “Evitement fiscal – Pas d’inquiétudes pour les multinationales”, interview in Le Devoir, 15 October 2015, www.ledevoir.com/international/actualites-internationales/453056/evitement-fiscal-pas-d-inquietudes-pour-les-multinationales


Edited volumes

Global Tax Governance - What's Wrong With It and How to Fix It (co-edited with Thomas Rixen), ECPR Press, 2016


Articles in journals with double-blind review

-        “On the very idea of an efficient wage”, Erasmus Journal for Philosophy and Economics, forthcoming (7950 words)

-        “Growing the pie or slicing it differently – On the need to disentangle two aspects of trade agreements”, Global Justice: Theory, Practice, Rhetoric 10 (2017), 43-56, www.theglobaljusticenetwork.org/index.php/gjn/article/view/111

-        “Central banking and inequalities: Taking off the blinders” (with Clément Fontan and François Claveau), Politics, Philosophy & Economics 15/4 (2016), 319-57, journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/1470594X16651056

-        “Redistribution, Globalisation, and Multi-level Governance” (with Thomas Rixen), Moral Philosophy & Politics 1/1 (2014), 61-82, www.degruyter.com/view/j/mopp.2014.1.issue-1/mopp-2013-0013/mopp-2013-0013.xml

-        “Tax Competition and Global Background Justice” (with Thomas Rixen), The Journal of Political Philosophy 22/2 (2014), 150-77, onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1467-9760.2012.00419.x/full; reprinted in: Robert E. Goodin & James E. Fishkin (eds.), Political Theory Without Borders, Wiley-Blackwell, 2015, 77-106

-        “Rethinking Sovereignty in International Fiscal Policy”, Review of International Studies 37 (2011), 2107-2120, journals.cambridge.org/action/displayAbstract

-        “Asking the Fox to Guard the Henhouse: The Tax Planning Industry and Corporate Social Responsibility”, Ethical Perspectives 18/3 (2011), 341-54, poj.peeters-leuven.be/content.php

-        “The market, competition, and equality” (2010) Politics, Philosophy & Economics 9/2, 213-44, ppe.sagepub.com/cgi/reprint/9/2/213

-        “Distributive Lessons from the Division of Labour”, Journal of Moral Philosophy 5/1 (2008), 96-117, www.ingentaconnect.com/content/brill/jmp/2008/00000005/00000001/art00006

-        “L’interpretation du principe de la propriété de soi au sein du libertarisme de gauche”, Dialogue XLVII/1 (2008), 65-80, journals.cambridge.org/action/displayAbstract

-        “Concurrence fiscale et responsabilité étatique” (with François Claveau), Éthique Publique 10/1 (2008), 34-44

-        “Does market failure justify redistribution?”, Éthique et Économique / Ethics and Economics 6/1 (2008), ethique-economique.net

-        “Show me the money – the case for income transparency”, Journal of Social Philosophy 37/2 (2006), 197-213, onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1467-9833.2006.00327.x/full

-        “Financing higher education: the case for a graduate tax”, Les ateliers de l’éthique 1/1 (2006), www.creum.umontreal.ca/spip.php

-        “Which income inequalities, if any, can be justified as incentive payments?”, Éthique et Économique / Ethics and Economics 3/1 (2005), ethique-economique.net


Refereed book chapters

-        “The Ethics of Central Banking” (with François Claveau and Clément Fontan), in: Andrei Poama & Annabelle Lever (eds.), Routledge Handbook in Ethics and Public Policy, London: Routledge, 2018, 178-90

-        “The state and tax competition – a normative perspective”, in: Martin O’Neill and Shepley Orr (eds.), Taxation – Philosophical Perspectives, Oxford University Press, 203-23

-        “Normative dimensions of central banking – how the guardians of financial markets affect justice”, in: Lisa Herzog (ed.), Just Financial Markets, Oxford University Press, 2017, 231-49

-        “The ethical aspects of international financial integration”, in: David Held & Pietro Maffetone (eds.), Global Political Theory, Cambridge: Polity Press, 2016, 236-53

-        “G.A. Cohen, Karl Marx’s Theory of History – A Defence”, in: Jacob Levy (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Classics in Contemporary Political Theory, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016,
doi 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780198717133.013.57

-        “Whose tax base – The ethics of global tax governance”, in: Peter Dietsch & Thomas Rixen, Global tax governance – What is wrong with it and how to fix it, ECPR Press, 2016

-        “Tax competition and its effects on domestic and global justice”, in: Ayelet Banai, Miriam Ronzoni, Christian Schimmel (eds.), Social Justice, Global Dynamics: Theoretical and Empirical Perspectives, Routledge, 2011, 95-113

-        “Patents on drugs – the wrong prescription?”, in: Axel Gosseries, Alain Marciano, Alain Strowel, Intellectual property and theories of justice, Palgrave MacMillan, 2008, 230-245


Book reviews

-        Thomas Mulligan, Justice and the Meritocratic State (London: Routledge, 2018), Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, October 2018, ndpr.nd.edu/news/justice-and-the-meritocratic-state/

-        Nicole Hassoun, Globalization and Global Justice – Shrinking Distance, Expanding Obligations (Cambridge University Press, 2012), Journal of Moral Philosophy, 13/2 (2016), 235-44

-        Benjamin M. Friedman, The Moral Consequences of Economic Growth, (Knopf, 2005), Economics and Philosophy 25/1 (March 2009), 106-13

-        Geoffrey Brennan and Philip Pettit, The Economy of Esteem (Oxford  University Press, 2004), Review of Political Economy 19/4 (2007), 579-81

-        David Schmidtz, Elements of Justice (Cambridge University Press, 2006), Ethics 117/1 (October 2006), 147-51

-        Frank A. Cowell, The Economics of Poverty and Inequality (Edward Elgar, 2003), Economics and Philosophy, forthcoming October 2005

-        Ross Zucker, Democratic Distributive Justice (Cambridge University Press, 2001), Review of Political Economy 14 / 3 (2002), 397-401


Grants and awards

  • Member of the College for New Scholars, Artists and Scientists of the Royal Society of Canada (2017-2024)
  • Just income - towards an economic theory of distributive justice, individual grant, SSHRC, 2017-22 ($114648)
  • Centre de recherche en éthique (CRE), aid to open-access scholarly journals, SSHRC, team grant, 2015-18 ($90000)
  • Centre de recherche en éthique (CRE), regroupement stratégique, FRQSC, team grant, 2014-2020 ($1152000)
  • Les idéaux politique au-delà de la raison, de la justice, et de l'État-nation, FRQSC, team grant, 2014-18 ($302720)
  • National Economic Policy and its International Normative Implications, individual grant, SSHRC, 2013-17 (99720 $)
  • Global Tax Governance – Normative and Institutional Issues, individual grant, Connexion Programme SSHRC 2013-14 (13372 $)
  • Grant from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation to spend a year at the Social Sciences Research Center (Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin / WZB) on the project Normative Principles of International Taxation, 2011-12
  • Normative Foundations of International Taxation, individual grant, SSHRC 2011-2012, (7106 $)
  • Soutien aux revues de recherche et de transfert de connaissance, team grant, FQRSC, 2011-2014 (23246 $ per year)
  • Tax competition and distributive justice : how to meet the normative and political challenge, individual grant, CRSH, 2010-2011 (9451 $)
  • Principles for a just international tax regime, team grant with Thomas Rixen (Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin), DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service), 2010 (3395 $)
  • Nouveaux développement en théorie démocratique : vers une approche intégrée, FQRSC, team grant, 2008-2012, (89250 $ per year)
  • Impôts, cohésion sociale et justice, FQRSC, établissement de nouveaux chercheurs, individual grant, 39600 $, 2006-2009
  • Conséquentialisme, utilitarisme, et institutions sociales, FQRSC, team grant, 52800 $, 2006-2008
  • Robert McKenzie Prize de la London School of Economics pour la dissertation doctorale of the LSE for PhD dissertation