Future generations in present-day democracy. The theory and practice of proxy representation.

Project: Dissertation project

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>>Political science analysis of democratic sustainability innovations for future generations<<

Michael Rose explores the question of how the interests of future generations can be integrated into today's political decision-making process despite a phenomenon that is known as democratic presentism. After creating the theoretical foundations for democracy and representation regarding future generations, the author identifies, typologizes and analyzes 29 real-world institutions that qualify as so-called proxy representatives for future generations. As it turns out, only a few of them have a high impact potential and a broad spectrum of policy instruments at their disposal, but they can also be institutionalized under adverse conditions.