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, or self-rule
is the ability of a person or group to exercise all necessary functions of regulation
without intervention from an external authority
It may refer to personal conduct or to any form of institution
, such as family units
, social groups
, affinity groups
, legal bodies
, industry bodies
, and political entities
of various degree.
Self-governance is closely related to various philosophical and socio-political
concepts such as autonomy
, and sovereignty
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In ancient Greek philosophy
posits the concept of self-mastery
as the ability to be one's own master; he states that individuals or groups cannot achieve freedom unless they govern their own pleasures and desires, and instead will be in a state of enslavement.
Accordingly, this principle is not only a fundamental moral freedom but also as a necessary condition of political freedom
and by extension the freedom and autonomy of any political structure
furthers this principle in that genuine freedom requires cognitive self-discipline and self-government, and that man's capacity for this is the source of all freedom. In this sense, freedom is not a possession but an action.
Locke proposes that rationality
is the key to true agency
and autonomy, and that political governance is enabled by the governing of one's own judgement
His political philosophy was a prominent influence on Immanuel Kant
, and was later taken up in part by the Founding Fathers of the United States
Means of self-governance
The means of self-governance usually comprises some or all of the following:
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- ^ Sørensen & Triantafillou 2009, pp. 1–3.
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- ^ Sørensen & Torfing 2009, p. 43.
- ^ Ghai & Woodman 2013, pp. 3–6.
- ^ Berlin 1997, pp. 228–229.
- ^ Casson 2011, pp. 159–160.
- ^ Casson 2011, pp. 160–161, 167.
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- Sørensen, Eva; Triantafillou, Peter (2009). "The Politics of Self-Governance: An Introduction". The Politics of Self-Governance. ISBN 978-0-7546-7164-0.
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- Weller, Marc; Wolff, Stefan (2005). Autonomy, Self-governance and Conflict Resolution: Innovative approaches to institutional design in divided societies. ISBN 0-415-33986-3.
- Ghai, Yash; Woodman, Sophia (2013). Practicing Self-Government: A Comparative Study of Autonomous Regions. ISBN 978-1-107-01858-7.
- Young, Carl (2018). "Plato's Concept of Liberty in the Laws". History of Political Thought. Imprint Academic. 39 (3). ISSN 0143-781X.
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- Berlin, Isaiah (1997). Hardy, Henry; Hausheer, Rodger (eds.). The Proper Study of Mankind. Chatto & Windus. ISBN 978-0374527174.
- Casson, Douglas John (2011). "Freedom, Happiness, and the Reasonable Self". Liberating Judgment: Fanatics, Skeptics, and John Locke's Politics of Probability. ISBN 978-0691144740.
- Rasmussen, Claire Elaine (2011). The Autonomous Animal: Self-governance and the Modern Subject. University of Minnesota Press. ISBN 978-0816669561.
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