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

Ciprian N. Radavoi, Lez Rayman-Bacchus

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    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.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number102820
    Pages (from-to)1-9
    Number of pages9
    JournalFutures
    Volume132
    Early online date30 Jul 2021
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Sept 2021

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