Public sphere regulation in the United States during the 20th century

Lessons for the new millennium




Freedom of expression, democracy, participation, equality, pluralism


This paper shows the evolution of public sphere regulations in the United States during the 20th century, from the perspective of freedom of expression. This rights, included in the first amendment to the United States Constitution, has been widely addressed. By studying it, therefore, the changes in the interpretation of its social dimension can be underlined. Particularly, it helps to understand and contextualize the alterations in the public sphere, due to technological breakthroughs in the field of communication, that lead to such changes. In this context, the analysis of the theoretical, legal, and pragmatic assumptions of the public sphere regulations will be the entry point to reflect on how to meet the 21st century challenges.


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Rubén García Higuera, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

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How to Cite

García Higuera, R. (2023) “Public sphere regulation in the United States during the 20th century: Lessons for the new millennium”, Oñati Socio-Legal Series, 13(3), pp. 730–760. doi: 10.35295/osls.iisl/0000-0000-0000-1380.