5.4.1 Legislating to Change Behavioural Requirements

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Legislation is a powerful way of defining the behavioural requirements which the society will coercively enforce (5.1.4).  In one sense of the word, a law is ‘fair’ if it applies equally to everybody: everybody surrenders some individual freedom in exchange for some form of protection.  Legislation, though, might not be the best way of introducing change – as described in the following sub-sections:

There is a trade-off between restriction and protection under the law (

To avoid oppression, it is essential that the public has an influence on legislators (

It may be better to adapt existing legislation (



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