Research Seminar

Karsten Klint Jensen: Future Generations in Democracy

Date: 8 February 2017
Time: 10:00-12:00

Karsten Klint Jensen, Associate Professor, Department of Food and Resource Economics (IFRO), University of Copenhagen.

In this talk I ask whether the genuine representation of future generations brings any added value that could not be achieved by institutions or procedures installed to supplement and support ordinary representative democracy. On this background, I review some arguments for genuine representation of future generations. The analysis reveals that they tend to overlook the democratic costs of such representation (violation of political equality, risk of distortion of the deliberation and undermining of autonomy), while they seem to ignore the alternative of giving consideration to the interests of future generations within current democracy. I conclude that what really matters in terms of the democratic ideal is to ensure an impartial deliberation which takes the interests of all affected parties sufficiently into account. Since this takes place in Stockholm, I shall attempt to draw some consequences for the boundary problem.


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