Special Issue "Democracy, Free Speech and Minorities"

A special issue of Social Sciences (ISSN 2076-0760). This special issue belongs to the section "Contemporary Politics and Society".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2019

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Osca Pérez de la Fuente

University Carlos III
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Special Issue Information

Dear colleagues,

Free speech laws are special in that they are dependent on different legal cultures. The American negative liberty approach and the German positive liberty approach to free speech are not the same. This is especially important from a minorities’ perspective, because members of minorities are victims in free speech issues such as hate speech, religious insult, limits of humor, and right to protest.
On the other hand, limits on free speech and fears of censorship are the cornerstone of liberal arguments. Restrictions on free speech, especially political speech, must be especially justified in a democracy. Therefore, the right to protest should be interpreted by the courts in board terms, not in a formalistic way.
An important issue on democratic legitimacy is how to treat people who think differently or who are simply different, because democracy involves both the rule of the majority and respect for minorities. Such issues relating to minorities and free speech are good subjects to test the quality of democracy in a society

Prof. Osca Pérez de la Fuente
Guest Editor

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  • free speech
  • minorities

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