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The Art of Association

  • Sheldon Gellar

Abstract

Tocqueville maintained that civil associations—associations without political objectives—were essential to a vibrant democratic society where individuals sharing common concerns, interests, and views had the freedom to organize civil associations to make their opinions heard and to influence government policy.2 In democratic societies, civil associations engaged in a myriad of religious, moral, economic, commercial, social, cultural, intellectual, and recreational activities and provided public goods and services outside the realm of the state. By instilling in their members habits of cooperation, solidarity, and concern for the public interest, civil associations contributed to the effectiveness and stability of democratic government.3

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Trade Union Female Genital Mutilation Voluntary Association Youth Group Rural Producer 
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Chapter Seven The Art of Association

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