The need for durable institutions for future generations: Mobilising the citizenry

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Radavoi, Ciprian N. and Rayman-Bacchus, Lez. 2021. "The need for durable institutions for future generations: Mobilising the citizenry." Futures. 132. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.futures.2021.102820
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The need for durable institutions for future generations: Mobilising the citizenry

ERA Journal ID18535
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsRadavoi, Ciprian N. and Rayman-Bacchus, Lez
Journal TitleFutures
Journal Citation132
Article Number102820
Number of Pages9
Year2021
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
ISSN0016-3287
1873-6378
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1016/j.futures.2021.102820
Web Address (URL)https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0016328721001294
Abstract

Institutions for future generations (IFGs) have lately become the subject of intense academic and political debate. That some had a short life prompted discussion about IFGs’ durability; indeed, to deliver any result at all, an institution first has to exist. One hurdle to the creation and survival of IFGs underlined in numerous studies is the lack of democratic legitimacy of an institution having power to limit the options of living generations in order to protect the presumed interests of future generations. Accordingly, there is some agreement that IFGs should be resumed, but with a foresight rather than decision making role. However, even in this benign form, IFGs are not safe from the vagaries of politics, unless they are constitutionally entrenched. We argue that referenda for amending the constitution to make room for the IFGs may succeed, through shaping citizens horizons of expectation, mobilisation of ‘good’ patriotism (or ‘civic/liberal nationalism’) among the citizenry, and a communications strategy of bonding past decisions, present challenges, and future prospects.

KeywordsInstitutions for future generations; Committee for the future; Civic nationalism ; Intergenerational ethics; Patriotism; Referendum
ANZSRC Field of Research 20204804. Law in context
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Byline AffiliationsCharles Darwin University
University of Winchester, United Kingdom
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