ABSTRACT

The essay upon which chapter 6 is based was written in 1993. Despite its being written more than fifteen years ago, it has a particularly contemporary ring. Although issues such as Social Security, the federal deficit and environmental degradation, are very much with us, it is the global warming issue that is the modern icon of intergenerational social equity. Rapidly growing awareness of global warming has done more than any other policy issue to make the intergenerational social equity point. Unlike many national intergenerational issues, such as Social Security or the federal deficit, global warming is genuinely international and intergovernmental. It is also both governmentally and technologically complex, thereby calling for governmental knowledge and skills and for technological competence. Which, in turn, call for dedicated problem solvers. These are job descriptions for public administrators, particularly those armed with a sense of intergenerational social equity.