When the State Speaks, What Should It Say?: How Democracies Can Protect Expression and Promote Equality

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Overview

"A bold answer to the problem of the liberal state which allows illiberal views to flourish without coercion, this book shows that core liberal ideals can be expressed by the state in words, funding, and schooling. Corey Brettschneider consolidates and extends his theory of value democracy, offering an alternative to neutrality and perfectionism alike."--Melissa Lane, Princeton University

"In this lucid and compelling book, Brettschneider takes on some of the most vexing issues in contemporary liberal polities, and offers a theory of value democracy as a touchstone for addressing those issues. His argument is one with which everyone will have to engage. A pleasure to read, this is political theory at its best."--Austin Sarat, Amherst College

"This terrific book examines the place of liberal democratic values in private life and forwards a novel and controversial argument: the liberal democratic state justifiably engages in noncoercive efforts at democratic persuasion so that the ostensibly private beliefs of individuals at odds with liberal democratic values might be transformed. This book will be widely discussed."--Rob Reich, Stanford University

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"[T]his book's argument is very strong, and its attention to anticipating and rebutting objections is both exceptional and laudable. When the State Speaks is likely to become the standard political-liberal treatise on the ways in which a democratic state should treat inegalitarian viewpoints--no small achievement given the persistence and quality of debates in this area."--Andrew Sabl, Perspectives on Politics

"This stimulating and carefully argued book makes a substantial contribution to the debate over how liberal states should respond to illiberal groups within their borders. The topic is timely and important, and even readers who disagree with Corey Brettschneider's positions will find that his arguments repay close attention."--David McCabe, Political Science Quarterly

"This is a really good book. Brettschneider's When the State Speaks is both provocative and persuasive, resolving a stubborn conflict within democratic theory in a way many will initially reject, but which he argues for so effectively that, by the end, the controversial appears the commonsensical. . . . [T]his is a useful book, clearly written and well-argued. It is a great addition to political theory."--Sarah Conly, Res Publica

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691147628
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 7/22/2012
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author


Corey Brettschneider is associate professor of political science and associate professor, by courtesy, of philosophy at Brown University. He is the author of "Democratic Rights: The Substance of Self-Government" (Princeton).
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction
Averting Two Dystopias
An Introduction to Value Democracy 1

Chapter One
The Principle of Public Relevance and Democratic Persuasion
Value Democracy's Two Guiding Ideas 24

Chapter Two
Publicly Justifiable Privacy and Reflective Revision by Citizens 51

Chapter Three
When the State Speaks, What Should It Say?
Democratic Persuasion and the Freedom of Expression 71

Chapter Four
Democratic Persuasion and State Subsidy 109

Chapter Five
Religious Freedom and the Reasons for Rights 142

Conclusion
Value Democracy at Home and Abroad 168

Notes 175
Bibliography 199
Index 207

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