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Can Youth Quotas Help Avoid Future Disasters?


Wallimann-Helmer, Ivo (2015). Can Youth Quotas Help Avoid Future Disasters? In: Dimitrijoski, Igor; Godli, Petter; Mason, Antony; Munius, Bettina; Tremmel, Jörg. Youth Quotas – And other Efficient Forms of Youth Participation. Heidelberg: Springer, 57-75.

Abstract

In this paper I argue for the following conclusions. First, quotas are not normative goals in themselves but only a means to reach non-discriminatory selection procedures. Second, in a democracy quotas are most plausibly used as a means to fill offices in those bodies which have a major impact on how well interests or discourses are translated into policy. Third, quotas for the young can be justified since, due to demographic development, their discourses tend to be marginalized. Fourth, youth quotas cannot be a means to ensure long-term policy-making, but they can enhance legitimacy of long-term impacts from policy decisions taken today.

Abstract

In this paper I argue for the following conclusions. First, quotas are not normative goals in themselves but only a means to reach non-discriminatory selection procedures. Second, in a democracy quotas are most plausibly used as a means to fill offices in those bodies which have a major impact on how well interests or discourses are translated into policy. Third, quotas for the young can be justified since, due to demographic development, their discourses tend to be marginalized. Fourth, youth quotas cannot be a means to ensure long-term policy-making, but they can enhance legitimacy of long-term impacts from policy decisions taken today.

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Item Type:Book Section, not refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:01 Faculty of Theology > Center for Ethics
06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Philosophy
08 University Research Priority Programs > Ethics
Dewey Decimal Classification:170 Ethics
Uncontrolled Keywords:rigid quotas, weak quotas, affirmative action, equality of opportunity, representation, democracy, short-termism, intergenerational justice
Language:English
Date:2015
Deposited On:28 Nov 2014 15:44
Last Modified:01 Dec 2016 01:00
Publisher:Springer
Related URLs:http://www.springer.com/-/3/b2ecf1f36c3542e4b781508db2e79ef1

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