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Free expression and democracy, a comparative analysis, Kevin W. Saunders - hbk

Free Expression and Democracy takes on the assumption that limits on free expression will lead to authoritarianism or at least a weakening of democracy. That hypothesis is tested by an examination of issues involving expression and their treatment in countries included on The Economist's list of fully functioning democracies. Generally speaking, other countries allow prohibitions on hate speech, limits on third-party spending on elections, and the protection of children from media influences seen as harmful. Many ban Holocaust denial and the desecration of national symbols. Yet, these other countries all remain democratic, and most of those considered rank more highly than the United States on the democracy index. This book argues that while there may be other cultural values that call for more expansive protection of expression, that protection need not reach the level present in the United States in order to protect the democratic nature of a country
Table Of Contents
The protection of free expression in a democracy -- Varieties of expression -- Incitement of crime -- Hate speech -- Holocaust denial and other false assertions of fact -- Political party bans -- Political campaign limitations -- The desecration of national symbols and lèse majesté -- Defamation -- Attacks on personal honor -- Obscenity and child pornography -- Children and expression -- Criminal trials and freedom of the press -- Government secrecy -- A matter of choices
Physical Description
x, 379 p. ;, 23 cm

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