In the latest contribution to the Democracy Papers, Jörg Tremmel argues that the interests of future generations are not sufficiently taken into account within democratic regimes as currently constituted. He advocates for the creation of a fourth, future-oriented branch of government. This branch of government, to be composed of independent appointees with the power to introduce legislation in parliament, will have the mandate to represent the likely interests of future people.
Jörg Tremmel is a permanent lecturer at Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen, Germany. From 2010 to 2016, he was junior professor for Intergenerationally Just Policies at the Institute for Political Science of this university. Tremmel holds two PhDs, one in philosophy and one in the social sciences. From 2009 to 2010, he was a research fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science at its Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Science and also (part-time) at the Grantham Institute for Climate Change Research. Tremmel’s research interests lie mainly in political theory and political philosophy.