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

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Stefan Baumgärtner

University of Freiburg - Department of Environment and Natural Resources

Stefanie Sievers-Glotzbach

University of Oldenburg, Ecological Economics Group

Date Written: July 1, 2012

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Baumgärtner, Stefan and Sievers-Glotzbach, Stefanie, The Relationship Between Intra- and Intergenerational Ecological Justice (July 1, 2012). Environmental Values, 21(3), 331-355, 2012 . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1500673

Stefan Baumgärtner

University of Freiburg - Department of Environment and Natural Resources ( email )

Tennebacher Str. 4
Freiburg, 79106
Germany

HOME PAGE: http://www.ere.uni-freiburg.de

Stefanie Sievers-Glotzbach (Contact Author)

University of Oldenburg, Ecological Economics Group ( email )

Germany

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