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This bibliography provides interested persons with an overview on important publications on generational justice. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us via email (kontakt(at)srzg.de)!


Concepts of ‘Intergenerational Justice’

Barry, Brian (1989): Theories of Justice. A Treatise on Social Justice, Volume 1. London/Sydney/Tokyo: Harvester – Wheatsheaf.

Gosseries, Axel (2002): Intergenerational Justice. In: LaFollette, Hugh (ed.): The Oxford Handbook of Practical Ethics. Oxford. pp. 459-484.

Partridge, Ernest (1981) (ed.): Responsibilities to Future Generations: Environmental Ethics. Buffalo, New York: Prometheus Books.

Rawls, John (1997): A Theory of Justice. 22nd Edition. Massachusetts: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press Cambridge, pp. 284-293.

Tremmel, Joerg C. (2006):, Introduction. In: Tremmel, Joerg C. (ed.): Handbook of Intergenerational Justice. pp. 1-20. Cheltenham: Edgar Elgar Publishing.


The human rights discourse and the ethical discourse with regard to future generations  

Brown-Weiss, Edith (1989): In Fairness to Future Generations. Tokio/New York: United Nations University/Transnational Publishers. Chapter on Planetary Rights, pp.95-117.

Elliot, Robert (1989): The rights of future people. Journal of Applied Philosophy, 6, 159-171.

Jávor, Benedek (2001) (ed.): Rights of Future Generations. Budapest: Erdélyi és Láng Kft. [Védegylet Series 1]

Macklin, Ruth (1980): Can Future Generations Correctly Be Said to Have Rights? In: Partridge, Ernest (ed.): Responsibilities to Future Generations. Environmental Ethics. Buffalo N.Y. S. 151-157.

Partridge, Ernest (1990): On the Rights of Future Generations. In: Donald Scherer (ed.): Upstream-Downstream. Issues in Environmental Ethics, Philadelphia: Temple University Press. S. 40-66.


Objections against the concept of intergenerational justice (Parfit’s non-identity challenge, Beckerman’s critique)

Beckerman, Winfred (2006): The impossibility of a theory of intergenerational justice. In: Jörg Tremmel (ed.): Handbook of Intergenerational Justice. pp.92-124 Cheltenham: Edgar Elgar Publishing.

Carter, Alan (2001): Can We Harm Future People? In: Environmental Values 10. Cambridge: The White Horse Press. pp. 429-54.

Carter, Alan (2001): On Harming Others: A Response to Partridge. In: Environmental Values 11. Cambridge: The White Horse Press. pp. 87-96.

Parfit, Derek (Spring 1982): Future Generations: Future Problems. In: Philosophy and Public Affairs. Princeton University Press. Vol. 11. No. 2. pp 113-172.

Parfit, Derek (1987): Reasons and Persons. Oxford: Oxford University Press (First Edition 1984).


Implications of discounting future goods and ills   

Asheim, Geir B. / Buchholz, Wolfgang (2002): The Malleability Of Undiscounted Utilarianism as a Criterion of Intergenerational Justice.

Bayer, Stefan (2003): Generation-Adjusted Discounting in Long-Term Decision-Making. In: International Journal on Sustainable Development. Vol. 6. No. 1. pp. 133-145.

Ott, Konrad (2003): Reflections on discounting - some philosophical remarks. International Journal of Sustainable Development, 2003, 6, pp.7-24.

Pearce, David P. / Warford, Jeremy J. (1993): World without End: Economics, Environment, and Sustainable Development. (1st Edition 1993). Washington D. C.: The World Bank.

Steigum, Erling Jr. / Gjersem, Carl (1997): Generational Accounting and Depletable Natural Resources: The Case of Norway. Bergen, Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration, pp.369-395.


Environmental politics and intergenerational justice – to what extent should we preserve natural capital?

Attfield, Robin (2003): Environmental Ethics: An Overview for the Twenty-First Century. (1st Edition 2003). Malden, Massachusetts: Blackwell Publishing Inc.

Dasgupta, P. (2007), Commentary: The Stern Review's Economics of Climate Change, National Institute Economic Review, 199, pp 4-7.

Norton, Bryan G. (2003): Searching for Sustainability: Interdisciplinary Essays in the Philosophy of Conservation Biology. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

O’Neill, John / Turner, Kerry R. / Bateman, Ian J. (2001) (eds): Environmental Ethics and Philosophy: Managing the Environment for Sustainable Development. Cheltenham, UK/Northampton, MA, USA: Edward Elgar Publishing Limited.

Stern, N. (2006) The Economics of Climate Change: the Stern Review. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.


The “agequake” - Impact of demographic change on intergenerational justice

Falkingham, J. and Hills, J. (1995) The dynamic of welfare : the welfare state and the life cycle. Hemel Hempstead: Prentice Hall.

Kohli, Martin (2006): Aging and Justice. In: Binstock, Robert H. / George, Linda K. (eds.): Handbook of Aging and the Social Sciences. 6th edition. New York : Elsevier. pp 457-478.

Thomson, David (1991): Selfish Generations? The Ageing of New Zealand´s Welfare State. Wennlington, N.Z.: Bridget Williams Books.

Thompson, Janna (2003): Obligations to the Elderly and Generational Equity. Melbourne/Canberra: Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics (CAPPE).

Wallace, Paul (2001): Agequake, London: Nicholas Brealey Pub.


Financial politics and intergenerational justice - generational accounting

Auerbach, Alan J. / Kotlikoff, Laurence J. / Leibfritz, Willi. (eds) (1999): Generational accounting around the world / Chicago, Ill., London: University of Chicago Press.

Gokhale, Jagadeesh.; Kotlikoff, Laurence J.; Warshawsky, Mark. (1999); Comparing the economic and conventional approaches to financial planning / Cambridge, Massachusetts: National Bureau of Economic Research. Published: 1999.

Kotlikoff, Laurence J./ Burns, Scott (2004), The coming generational storm : what you need to know about America's economic future. Cambridge, Massachusetts / London: MIT Press.

Mates, William J. (2003): Income, Investment and Sustainability. New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. In: Ecological Economics 48(2004). pp 1-3.

Von Weizsäcker, Robert / Süssmuth, Bernd (2006): Institutional determinants of public debt: a political economy perspective. In: Jörg Tremmel (ed.): Handbook of Intergenerational Justice. pp.157-170, Cheltenham: Edgar Elgar Publishing.


Short-termism as a structural problem of democracies


Bourg, Dominique (2006): The French constitutional charter for the environment: an effective instrument?, in: Jörg Tremmel (ed.): Handbook of Intergenerational Justice. pp.213-250. Cheltenham: Edgar Elgar Publishing.

Javor, Benedek (2006): Institutional protection of succeeding generations – ombudsman for future generations in Hungary. In: Jörg Tremmel (ed.): Handbook of Intergenerational Justice. pp.92-124. Cheltenham: Edgar Elgar Publishing.

Shoham, Shlomo / Lamay, Nira (2006): Commission for future generations in the Knesset – lessons learnt, in: Jörg Tremmel (ed.): Handbook of Intergenerational Justice. pp.92-124. Cheltenham: Edgar Elgar Publishing.

Tremmel, Jörg (2006): Establishing intergenerational justice in national constitutions. In: Jörg Tremmel (ed.): Handbook of Intergenerational Justice. pp. 196-220. Cheltenham: Edgar Elgar Publishing.

Van Opstal, Rocus M. / Timmerhuis, Jacqueline (2006): The role of CPB in Dutch economic policy. In: Jörg Tremmel (ed.): Handbook of Intergenerational Justice. pp.92-124. Cheltenham: Edgar Elgar Publishing.