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Democracy and future generations. Should the unborn have a voice?
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
2013 (English)In: Spheres of Global Justice: Volume 2 Fair Distribution - Global Economic, Social and Intergenerational Justice / [ed] Jean-Christophe Merle, Dordrecht: Springer Publishing Company, 2013, 775-788 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This article examines the view that the interests of future generations should be taken into consideration in decisions likely to affect them. In particular, it has been argued that the interests of future generations should be represented in local, national or international political decisions. This view is analyzed in terms of justice-seeking and democracy-seeking arguments and the extent to which the representation of future generations will promote the respective values of justice and democracy. In order to promote democracy, such representation must be consistent with the criterion of democratic inclusion. Assuming that democratic inclusion is conceptualized in legal terms, the representation of future generations is consistent with democracy only to the extent that they are likely to be bound by the decisions made today. It is shown here that future generations are not bound by the decisions made today. Thus, it follows that representing the interests of future generations in political decisions is not consistent with securing democracy for the living generation. The intergenerational problem is therefore one where the demands of justice and democracy may conflict.

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Dordrecht: Springer Publishing Company, 2013. 775-788 p.
Keyword [en]
Intergenerational justice, democracy, inclusion
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Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
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Political Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-91877DOI: 10.1007/978-94-007-5998-5_62ISBN: 978-94-007-5997-8 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-91877DiVA: diva2:635662
Available from: 2013-07-05 Created: 2013-07-05 Last updated: 2013-07-11Bibliographically approved

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