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Political Representation of Future Generations and Collective Responsibility
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
2015 (English)In: Jurisprudence, ISSN 2040-3313, E-ISSN 2040-3321, Vol. 6, no 3, 516-534 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The political representation of future generations would change the relationship between public decisions and the members of democratic political systems. In this paper we examine the implication of these changes on the responsibility of the living members for the future effects of current polices with special reference to climate change. The claim defended is that the collective responsibility of the living members for future outcomes diminishes when public decisions are made less responsive to them. In order to explain why this is the case a ‚Äėparticipatory account' of collective responsibility is developed according to which collective responsibility is premised on the extent to which public decisions depend on their members. The paper concludes with a discussion on the grounds for valuing collective outcome responsibility and why the conflict between this norm and the claim that future generations should be granted political representation poses fundamental questions about the value of democracy.

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Taylor & Francis Group, 2015. Vol. 6, no 3, 516-534 p.
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future generations, democracy, responsibility, representation
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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-122528DOI: 10.1080/20403313.2015.1065641OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-122528DiVA: diva2:866826
Available from: 2015-11-03 Created: 2015-11-03 Last updated: 2017-12-01Bibliographically approved

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