Reformulating the Party-List Proportional Representatives to Proportional Future Generations Representatives: the Korean Case

by Seo Yongseok

Abstract

Although electorates and elected representatives have power over decisions, which can seriously
shape future living conditions, future generations self-evidently lack capacity to influence present
political decisions. To resolve this paradox, this study advocates for a new institutional approach by
reserving some of the seats in legislative bodies to represent the rights of future generations. Examining
the Korean National Assembly as a relevant sample, the study proposes the currently existing Party-
List Proportional Representatives system—by reformulating or switching their function and role—to
act as representatives for future generations.

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