Intergenerational Dialogue for Democracy

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Published: 
22 March 2017
Language: 
English
Pages: 
46
Author(s): 
Tomaž Deželan

The elder generation comprises the fastest-growing age group in Europe; the proportion of elderly people has increased significantly compared to the younger generation.

For young people, the changing demographics has reduced their influence on the political process and consequently resulted in less favourable public policies. This paper explores ways to bring members of all age groups into the political process and to find mechanisms for cooperation within democratic governance processes. The inclusion of the intergenerational perspective would benefit young people, the elderly and society as a whole.

Contents

Foreword

Preface

DIALOGUE PAPER

1. The urgency of the intergenerational dialogue for democracy
2. How should intergenerational conflict be prevented?
3. What are the appropriate measures?
Key recommendations

DISCUSSION PAPER

Executive summary
Demographic challenges of contemporary democracies
The brink of a new super (social) conflict?
The relevance of political participation for the new super cleavage
Building trust through political representation
Two generations, two political imaginaries
Why is the idea of a path to gerontocracy built on a false binary?
Towards a model of intergenerational dialogue for democracy
Steps to facilitate the intergenerational dialogue for democracy
References

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