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The Capability Approach as a Road Map for Re-thinking Intergenerational Justice

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posted on 2023-05-22, 19:35 authored by Nicky van Dijk
While most agree that the current generation has some obligations towards the future, the precise scope and nature of these obligations are unclear. Theorising about such intergenerational obligations is important because it is unlikely that our short-term focused democratic processes can consider the interests of future people in a fair and unbiased way. This chapter uses the capability approach to specify a capability set for young people growing up and future generations. It shows the importance of focusing on capabilities (instead of for example resources or welfare), and of acknowledging human agency and diversity, to prevent institutionalising a bias towards majority or privileged groups in society in the future. Specifying our intergenerational obligations in terms of capabilities can be used to evaluate the intergenerational justice of our political institutions and policy reform proposals.

History

Publication title

Giving Future Generations a Voice: Normative Frameworks, Institutions and Practice

Editors

J Linehan and P Lawrence

Pagination

42-61

ISBN

9781839108242

Department/School

Faculty of Law

Publisher

Edward Elgar Publishing

Place of publication

UK

Extent

10

Rights statement

Copyright 2021 Edward Elgar Publishing

Repository Status

  • Restricted

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Climate change mitigation strategies