ECPR General Conference
University of Glasgow, Glasgow
3 - 6 September 2014

Democratic Institutions and Long-Term Decision-Making: The Design Challenge

Political Theory
Public Policy
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Panel Chair
Graham Smith
University of Westminster
Panel Co-Chair
Michael MacKenzie
University of Pittsburgh
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05/09/2014 09:00
Building: Maths Floor: 4 Room: 417
How well are democratic institutions designed to deal with long-term challenges that will likely have their most significant impacts on yet to exist generations? There is well-worn series of arguments that suggest that democratic institutions suffer from a range of myopias, privileging the short-term interests of existing citizens over future generations. On this basis, non-democratic solutions to challenges such as climate change are given particular credence. This panel will explore the way that innovations to democratic systems can enable longer-term considerations, focusing both on ways in which already-existing institutions are enabling such longer-term orientations and designs that might supplement or replace existing democratic architecture.

Paper List

Thinking about the Future? A Study of Three Citizens’ Juries on Onshore Wind Farms in Scotland View Paper Details
Democracy, Deliberation, and Future-Oriented Collective Action View Paper Details
Future-Proofing Democratic Institutions View Paper Details
The Myth of Democratic Myopia View Paper Details
Institutional Design and the Future View Paper Details
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