Intergenerational Solidarity, Welfare and Human Ecology


Tenth Plenary Session, 29 April-3 May 2004
Acta 10, ed. M.A. Glendon
Vatican City, 2004
pp. LXIV-440
ISBN 88-86726-16-3


FIRST SESSION – State of the Questions

Solidaridad Intergeneracional, Bienestar y Ecología Humana en la Doctrina Social de la Iglesia (PDF)
A.M. Rouco Varela

Solidarietà intergenerazionale, welfare e ecologia umana nel pensiero sociale cattolico (PDF)
O. Fumagalli Carulli

La donne démographique: évolution des structures par âges dans les populations humaines (PDF)
J. Vallin

Commentaire sur “La donne démographique”, de Jacques Vallin (PDF)
M. Schooyans

Commentaire sur “La donne démographique” (PDF)
E. Malinvaud

The Impact of Replacement Migration on Intergenerational Solidarity in the Twenty-First Century (PDF)
J. Zubrzycki

Economic, Political and Cultural Consequences of Changes in Generational Relations (PDF)
F. Fukuyama

Comments to: Francis Fukuyama, ‘Economic, Political and Cultural Consequences of Changes in Generational Relations’ (PDF)
J.J. Llach

Family Concerns and Inter-Generational Solidarity (PDF)
M.S. Archer

Comments on ‘Family Concerns and Inter-Generational Solidarity’ (PDF)
M. Sánchez Sorondo

SECOND SESSION – Social Policy, Family Policy, and Intergenerational Relations

Social Policy, Family Policy and Intergenerational Solidarity: A New Design (PDF)
P.P. Donati

Comments on Professor Donati’s Paper (PDF)
H. Suchocka

Intergenerational Solidarity and the Crisis of the Welfare State: Pensions and Health Care (PDF)
H. Tietmeyer

Commentaire à la suite de la communication du Prof. Tietmeyer: “Intergenerational Solidarity and the Crisis of the Welfare State: Pensions, Social Security and Health Care” (PDF)
L. Sabourin

THIRD SESSION – Globalization, Intergenerational Solidarity and Human Ecology in Developed and Developing Countries

Intergenerational Well-Being (PDF)
P. Dasgupta

How to Show Intergenerational Solidarity with Respect to the Physical Environment (PDF)
E. Malinvaud

Speaking for Children and for the Future (PDF)
K. Arrow

Children and the Future: A Few Remarks on Intergenerational Solidarity (PDF)
H. Zacher

FOURTH SESSION – The Mediating Structures of Civil Society and Intergenerational Solidarity

Welfare and Devolution to Local Governments or Mediating Institutions (PDF)
J.T. Raga

Comment on José Raga’s: ‘Welfare and Devolution to Local Government or Mediating Institutions’ (PDF)
P. Morandé

The Subjectivity of Society (PDF)
R.J. Neuhaus

La soggettività della società e la “soggettività morale” (PDF)
V. Possenti

FIFTH SESSION – Conclusions – General Discussion

Conclusions on: ‘Intergenerational Solidarity, Welfare and Human Ecology’ (PDF)
M.A. Glendon

Conclusioni su “Solidarietà intergenerazionale, welfare ed ecologia umana” (PDF)
M.A. Glendon

Diskussionsdokument: „Intergenerationelle Solidarität, Wohlfahrt und Humanökologie“ (PDF)
M.A. Glendon

Final Report (PDF)
M.A. Glendon

Tenth Anniversary of the Academy

Welcome and Presentation of the Academy (PDF)
M.A. Glendon

Commemoration de l’Académie (PDF)
E. Malinvaud

Report on the Intergenerational Solidarity Project (PDF)
M.A. Glendon

Report on Democracy (PDF)
H. Zacher

Report on ‘Work & Human Fulfillment’ (PDF)
M. Archer

Rapport sur quatre rencontres sur la mondialisation (PDF)
L. Sabourin

Comments on the Ten Years of the PASS by the President of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia (PDF)
S. Richardson


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Last year, after a preparatory meeting on Intergenerational Solidarity, we attempted to narrow the theme of this first plenary session somewhat by focussing primarily on the ways that changing relations between generations have placed increasing strain on every society’s capacity to provide for the needs of the very young, the frail elderly, and the severely ill or disabled. Hence, the word ‘welfare’ in the conference title.
As we look back on the latter part of the twentieth century, we can see that economic transitions and demographic earthquakes have shaken all of the four pillars upon which most individuals rely for support, security and social standing – the family, market work, governmental assistance, and the broad array of associations that are known collectively in Catholic social thought as the mediating structures of civil society. Dramatic changes in birth rates, longevity, marriage behavior, and women’s roles, geographic mobility (and the list could go on), have had profound effects on the ‘load-bearing capacity’ of each of these pillars. These changes have affected affluent and developing nations alike, in differing ways, and to varying degrees. They have jeopardized the wellbeing of the very young, the frail elderly, and other dependents – both in welfare states and in countries where government’s role in providing social services is minimal or non-existent. No society has been unaffected, and no society has yet fully faced up to the unprecedented challenges posed by these changes – in a world where dependency remains a stubborn fact of human existence.
As is apparent from the reference to ‘human ecology’ in the conference title, our aim this week is to move well beyond standard debates over the ‘welfare crisis’. For changes in family behavior, and – what is equally important – changes in ideas about dependency and family life have far-reaching implications for the human prospect – for the world’s democratic experiments, for the health of economies, and for the future of our social and natural environments.

Mary Ann Glendon

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