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

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780691147628

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691147628.001.0001

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Democratic Persuasion and State Subsidy

Democratic Persuasion and State Subsidy

(p.109) Chapter Four Democratic Persuasion and State Subsidy
When the State Speaks, What Should It Say?

Corey Brettschneider

Princeton University Press

This chapter examines the notion that, while persuasion should not be backed by coercive force, it should be backed by the state's subsidy power. It defines subsidy power as the ability of the state to spend money and, as crucially, to refuse to spend money on certain organizations. The state's subsidy power includes the ability to grant or withdraw tax-exempt, tax-deductible non-profit status. Its use is compatible with the right of free expression. Indeed, the chapter argues that the reasons justifying free expression require the state to withdraw subsidies from groups that oppose the core values of free and equal citizenship.

Keywords:   democratic persuasion, state subsidy power, non-profit status, free expression, equal citizenship

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