Representing future generations in the political process

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Our ac­tions and de­ci­sions clearly af­fect fu­ture gen­er­a­tions. Cli­mate change is the canon­i­cal ex­am­ple, but this is also true for so­cial norms, val­ues, lev­els of eco­nomic growth, and many other fac­tors. In­deed, if we give equal weight to fu­ture in­di­vi­d­u­als, it is likely that the effect of our ac­tions on the long-term fu­ture far out­strip any short-term im­pacts.
How­ever, fu­ture gen­er­a­tions do not hold any power – as they do not yet ex­ist – so their in­ter­ests are of­ten not taken into ac­count to a suffi­cient de­gree. To fix this prob­lem, we could in­tro­duce some form of rep­re­sen­ta­tion of fu­ture gen­er­a­tions1 in our poli­ti­cal sys­tem. (See e.g. 1,2,3 for pre­vi­ous dis­cus­sion.) In this post, I will con­sider differ­ent ways to em­power fu­ture gen­er­a­tions and dis­cuss key challenges that arise.