Regulating Private Self-Selecting Associations in Transitional Societies
12 Pages Posted: 24 Aug 2011 Last revised: 30 Aug 2011
Date Written: August 24, 2011
Private Self-Selecting Associations (PSSAs) are a focus of legitimate concern in transitional societies. Not only are they sites where biases and divisions can be perpetuated or overcome, but they are also sites where important democratic learning and the embedding of social values can take place. This short discussion paper addresses the question of how we might try to harness and liberalise the power and potential of PSSAs to be sites of democratic learning: through the ‘top-down’ imposition of law, or through a more organic regulatory approach?
Keywords: private self-selecting associations, transitional societies
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