A new intergenerational contract: intergenerational justice in principle and policy

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Tozer, Thomas
Intergenerational Foundation
Date of publication
13 March 2019
Social Policy, Older Adults, Children and Young People, Poverty Alleviation Welfare Benefits and Financial Inclusion, Housing and Homelessness
Social welfare
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Although concerns around intergenerational justice have recently started to gain traction in popular discussion, there has so far been very little attempt at setting out the philosophical underpinnings of these concerns in a way that is accessible to the general reader. Certainly, the philosophy is there: intergenerational justice and themes that relate to it have been analysed and discussed by some of the greatest minds of political philosophy, but a large gap exists between this philosophy and current rhetoric. This paper hopes to fill that gap by explaining the philosophical basis of a concern for intergenerational justice, developing a thesis around precisely what intergenerational justice requires (what an intergenerational contract should look like), and describing how this philosophy can be applied to contemporary policy questions.

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