The Relationship Between Intra- and Intergenerational Ecological Justice
Environmental Values, 21(3), 331-355, 2012
25 Pages Posted: 6 Nov 2009 Last revised: 12 Jul 2012
Date Written: July 1, 2012
The principle of sustainability contains two objectives of justice regarding the conservation and use of ecosystems and their services: (1) global justice between different people of the present generation ("intragenerational justice"); (2) justice between people of different generations ("intergenerational justice"). Three hypotheses about their relationship – independency, facilitation and rivalry – are held in the political and scientific sustainability discourse. Applying the method of qualitative content analysis to important political documents and the scientific literature, we reveal six determinants underlying the different hypotheses: quantity and quality of ecosystem services, population development, substitutability of ecosystem services, technological progress, institutions and political restrictions.
Keywords: sustainable development, ecosystem services, intragenerational justice, intergenerational justice, ecological justice, sustainability research
JEL Classification: I31, I32, Q20, Q28, Q30, Q38
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