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Balancing Public Values—The Big Picture

Erik Bleich

in The Freedom to Be Racist?

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780199739684
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199914579 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199739684.003.0001
Balancing Public Values—The Big Picture

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How do liberal democracies balance upholding freedom and combating racism when those two values are incompatible? This chapter suggests that all countries must balance these values. It also outlines the structure of the book, emphasizing the benefits from examining multiple domains of freedom—of speech, association, and opinion-as-motive—and from looking at a wide range of liberal democracies over a long sweep of time. By expanding the discussion in these key ways, this book allows readers to look beyond the narrower discussions about one country or one type of freedom that tend to dominate existing scholarship.

Keywords: freedom of speech; freedom of association; freedom of opinion; racism; values; balancing

Chapter.  4855 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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