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Institutions For Future Generations$
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Iñigo González-Ricoy and Axel Gosseries

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198746959

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198746959.001.0001

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Piloting Responsibility and Intergenerational Justice

Piloting Responsibility and Intergenerational Justice

(p.299) 18 Piloting Responsibility and Intergenerational Justice
Institutions For Future Generations

Claudio López-Guerra

Oxford University Press

Representative democracies have not lived up to the promise of creating a communion of interests between the rulers and the ruled. Elected officials lack adequate incentives to properly look after the interests of citizens—especially future citizens. The prospect of losing the next election is, on the grand scale of things, relatively trivial: a simple career setback that even vicious rulers can often avoid. To create a stronger communion of interests between the rulers and the citizens, both present and future, politicians ought to have a larger stake in the consequences of their own decisions. This chapter makes the case for a novel proposal to this effect.

Keywords:   democracy, representation, future generations, political institutions, justice

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