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Demographic Change and Intergenerational Justice PDF Print E-mail

Image Joerg Chet Tremmel (ed.): Demographic Change and Intergenerational Justice: The Implementation of Long-Term Thinking in the Political Decision Making Process. Order...

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This interdisciplinary anthology is composed of five sections. The first one provides detailed information on the demographic changes on a global and national level. Special attention is given to the future position of Europe in this changing global context. The second section examines the impact of demographic change on key sustainability indicators in certain areas of interest such as public debt, retirement systems, competitiveness, environment, the labor market and the education system in more detail. In the third section, we ask how intergenerational justice is affected if sustainability indicators change due to demographic change. The fourth section addresses the ethical legitimacy of population policies. It pursues the question whether we should seize the chance of influencing our descendents’ well-being if we are given the chance to do so. The fifth and truly innovative section of the book addresses the issue of institutionalizing our responsibility for future generations. Democracies face a structural problem, namely the tendency to prefer the present and to forget future implications of present decisions. To work toward a solution for this problem, the framework for a fair, future-orientated generational political system could be mended by an institutional establishment of generational justice. This book is marked by its interdisciplinary approach and flexibility to look at current societal problems from many directions at once. Not only do the authors come from a multitude of fields and perspectives, but the contributions address not only the typical problems of economic policy, but look also at environmental, societal and philosophical issues. It is far-reaching in scope and most importantly makes a paradigmatic shift to need to see arising challenges of demographic change within a larger view of intergenerational justice. Beyond this, the anthology is eminently practical and is focused with policy making in mind. It examines important philosophical and ethical problems that are inherent in these issues, but surpasses these limited discussions to offer recommendations and solutions for political implementation. This book will appeal both to practitioners (especially considering the NGO community) and policy makers as well as to academics in the field of demographics and population. It is also intended to be accessible to the general public and will find an audience with the huge number of people who are concerned about today’s population dynamics.
Springer Publishing: Berlin/Heidelberg.