The precedent that wasn't: College hate speech codes and the two faces of legal compliance

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Abstract

This article undertakes an empirical investigation into the development and persistence of college hate speech codes, asking why so many elite institutions of higher learning either retained or created speech policies that contradicted a national series of court cases. The method is both quantitative and qualitative, looking for broad patterns of response among the schools and also explaining why individual institutions did or did not comply with the court decisions. In the end, the article not only teases out the why of compliance decisions but also provides a greater understanding of the relationship between legal compliance and judicial impact.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)345-392
Number of pages48
JournalLaw and Society Review
Volume35
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Law

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