Hate Speech and Democratic Citizenship

Hate Speech and Democratic Citizenship, Oxford University Press, February 2016

17 Pages Posted: 27 Sep 2015

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Eric Heinze

Queen Mary University of London, School of Law

Date Written: September 25, 2015

Abstract

Most modern democracies punish hate speech. Less freedom for some, they claim, guarantees greater freedom for others. This book rejects that approach, arguing that democracies have better ways of combating violence and discrimination against vulnerable groups without having to censor speakers. Critiquing dominant free speech theories, the book explains that free expression must be safeguarded not just as an individual right, but as an essential attribute of democratic citizenship. The book challenges contemporary state regulation of public discourse by promoting a stronger theory of what democracy is and what it demands. Examining US, European and international approaches, this book offers a new vision of free speech within Western democracies.

Keywords: civil rights, democracy, freedom of expression, hate speech, human rights, legal theory

JEL Classification: K10, K14, K19, I28

Suggested Citation

Heinze, Eric, Hate Speech and Democratic Citizenship (September 25, 2015). Hate Speech and Democratic Citizenship, Oxford University Press, February 2016, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2665812

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