The Government's Speech and the Constitution - Introduction (Excerpt)
The Government's Speech and the Constitution (Cambridge University Press 2019)
10 Pages Posted: 9 Aug 2019 Last revised: 8 Oct 2019
Date Written: July 30, 2019
When we discuss constitutional law, we usually focus on the constitutional rules that apply to what the government does. Far less clear are the constitutional rules that apply to what the government says. When does the speech of this unusually powerful speaker violate our constitutional rights and liberties? More specifically, when does the government’s expression threaten liberty or equality? And under what circumstances does the Constitution prohibit our government from lying to us? In “The Government’s Speech and the Constitution,” Professor Helen Norton investigates the variety and abundance of the government’s speech, from early proclamations and simple pamphlets, to the electronic media of radio and television, and ultimately to today’s digital age. This helps us understand how the government’s speech has changed the world for better and for worse, and why the government’s speech deserves our attention and at times our concern.
Keywords: government speech, constitutional law, first amendment, free speech law, due process clause, equal protetion clause, establishment clause, remedies, accountability, lies, falsehoods
JEL Classification: K10, K30, K40
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