The British Academy Brian Barry Prize Essay: Representing the Future: The Interests of Future Persons in Representative Democracy

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Abstract

As a reaction against contemporary democracy's inherent short-sightedness in solving problems that are likely to affect distant future generations, there has been a recent increase in proposals for different kinds of democratic representation of future persons. This article shows that even though there can be no such thing as political representation of future persons, the relevant affected interests of the as-yet unborn can still be taken into consideration in political decision making. This aim is achieved by focusing on the political representation of children as special cases of semi-future members of the class of the represented.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-15
Number of pages15
JournalBritish Journal of Political Science
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 1 Jan 2020

Keywords

  • future generations
  • future persons
  • political representation
  • representative democracy
  • semi-future constituency

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