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The First Amendment and the Business Corporation

Ronald J. Colombo


The role of the business corporation in modern society is a controversial one. Some fear and object to the use of corporate power and influence over governments, legislation, and culture. Others view the corporation as an opportunity to harness the private initiative of like-minded individuals to further important goals and objectives in common. A flashpoint in this controversy has been the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, as evidenced by the U.S. Supreme Court cases Citizens United (2010) and Hobby Lobby (2014). For the extent to which a corporation can avail itself of the First Amen ... More

Keywords: First Amendment, corporation, association, Alexis de Tocqueville, free exercise, religious liberty, freedom of speech, Citizens United case, Hobby Lobby case, postmodern corporation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199335671
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199335671.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ronald J. Colombo, author
Maurice A. Deane School of Law, Hofstra University