Institutions for Future Generations

ISBN : 9780198746959

Inigo Gonzalez-Ricoy; Axel Gosseries
448 Pages
153 x 234 mm
Pub date
Dec 2016
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In times of climate change and public debt, a concern for intergenerational justice should lead us to have a closer look at theories of intergenerational justice. It should also press us to provide institutional design proposals to change the decision-making world that surrounds us. This book provides an exhaustive overview of the most important institutional proposals as well as a systematic and theoretical discussion of their respective features and advantages. It focuses on institutional proposals aimed at taking the interests of future generations more seriously, and does so from the perspective of applied political philosophy, being explicit about the underlying normative choices and the latest developments in the social sciences. It provides citizens, activists, firms, charities, public authorities, policy-analysts, students, and academics with the body of knowledge necessary to understand what our institutional options are and what they entail if we are concerned about today's excessive short-termism.


1 Inigo Gonzalez-Ricoy and Axel Gosseries: Designing Institutions for Future Generations: An Introduction
Michael K. MacKenzie: Institutional Design and Sources of Short-Termism

3 Nicholas Vrousalis: Intergenerational Justice: a Primer
4 Stephane Zuber: Measuring Intergenerational Fairness
5 Anja Karnein: Can We Represent Future Generations?
6 Axel Gosseries: Generational Sovereignty

7 Ludvig Beckman and Fredrik Uggla: The Ombudsman for Future Generations: Legitimate and Effective?
8 Simon Caney: Political Institutions for the Future: A Five-Fold Package
9 John Broome and Duncan K. Foley: A World Climate Bank
10 Inigo Gonzalez-Ricoy: Constitutionalising Intergenerational Provisions
11 Dennis F. Thompson: Democratic Trusteeship: Institutions to Protect the Future of the Democratic Process
12 Marcel Szabo: A Common Heritage Fund for Future Generations
13 Kristian Skagen Ekeli: Electoral Design, Sub-Majority Rules and Representation for Future Generations
14 Chiara Cordelli and Rob Reich: Philanthropy and Intergenerational Justice

15 Simon Niemeyer and Julia Jennstal: The Deliberative Democratic Inclusion of Future Generations
16 Juliana Bidadanure: Youth Quotas, Diversity, and Long-Termism: Can Young People Act as Proxies for Future Generations?
17 Michael K. MacKenzie: A General-Purpose, Randomly Selected Chamber
18 Claudio Lopez-Guerra: Pilotage Responsibility and Intergenerational Justice
19 Karl Widerquist: The People's Endowment
20 Virginie Perotin: Democratic Firms: Assets for the Long-Term
21 Jonathan White: Archiving for the Future: the Party Constitution
22 Danielle Zwarthoed: Alumni Involvement and Long-Termist University Governance
23 Joakim Sandberg: Pension Funds, Future Generations, and Fiduciary Duty
24 Thomas Baudin and Paula Gobbi: Family Planning is Not (Necessarily) the Priority Institution for Reducing Fertility

About the author: 

Inigo Gonzalez-Ricoy is Assistant Professor of Political Philosophy at the University of Barcelona. He has been postdoctoral fellow at the University of Louvain and Pompeu Fabra University and visiting fellow at Columbia University and Goethe University in Frankfurt. His research is in democratic and constitutional theory, and has been published in the Journal of Applied Philosophy, Social Theory and Practice, and Ratio Juris.; Axel Gosseries is a Maitre de recherches at the Fonds de la Recherche Scientifique, Professor at the University of Louvain, Franz Weyr Fellow of the Czech Academy of Sciences, and Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Institute for Future Studies, Stockholm. He is the author of Penser la justice entre les generations (2004) and the co-editor of Intergenerational Justice (OUP, 2009, with Lukas Meyer). He has published numerous papers in philosophy, law, and economics journals, including the Journal of Political Philosophy, Politics, Philosophy & Economics, Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review, New York University Environmental Law Journal, International Economic Review, Economics & Philosophy, and the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management.

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