The collection of comments is a joint project between The Conversation, the Sydney Democracy Network and the interdisciplinary journal Democratic Theory, and will be published in full length in a special issue of the latter.
In his part Professor Smith suggests that short-termism in politics should be overcome for democratic renewal. “The sources of short-termism are multiple and mutually reinforcing. These include: short electoral cycles that incentivise limited party-political horizons; vested interests that benefit from current political and economic arrangements; our psychological preference for immediate gratification; an economic system that privileges carbon-based consumption; and unborn generations who are unable to defend their interests.”
However, Professor Graham writes that there are some practices which can be the beginning of a long-term democracy, including “new rights and forms of public participation designed to orientate citizens towards consideration of future generations”.