Institutions for Future Generations – our literature review on institutional models, operation methods and challenges


In a world grappling with multifaceted crises, ranging from climate change and biodiversity loss to demographic shifts and geopolitical challenges, we find ourselves at a critical juncture. While many of these issues necessitate immediate responses, their profound repercussions extend far into the future, implicating generations yet to come. It is our moral imperative to account for the interests of these future stakeholders, but the question remains: how do we integrate their perspective into our present-day choices?

In 2023, JESC embarked on a journey to explore innovative institutional solutions to this challenge. While we are not the pioneers in this endeavor, we recognize the urgency of the European Union (EU) enhancing its capacity for long-term, transformative thinking. To aid our exploration, we have curated and summarized key publications that have shaped our understanding of this complex issue. Our selection criteria prioritize accessibility without a legal background, focusing on practical methodologies, best practices, institutional models, and past proposals aligned with the EU’s institutional framework. These condensed chapters serve as edited notes derived from our research. For those seeking a deeper dive into this topic, we encourage you to explore the original studies, most of which are available online. The insights and lessons gathered here guide our ongoing initiative for Future Generations in Europe, and we hope our thought process inspires others to actively engage in this vital discourse. Download the full report now to delve into this critical discussion.

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