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The Censor's HandThe Misregulation of Human-Subject Research$
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Carl E. Schneider

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780262028912

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262028912.001.0001

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Censorship in a System of Free Expression

Censorship in a System of Free Expression

(p.162) (p.163) 6 Censorship in a System of Free Expression
The Censor's Hand

Carl E. Schneider

The MIT Press

Censors notoriously err, and IRBs are censors. They tell researchers what they may study, how they may structure and conduct inquiries, what they may say to subjects, and how they may report results. First-amendment jurisprudence has learned that censors’ incentives and psychology make them poor and repressive decision-makers. Predictably, then, IRBs underweight interests in free inquiry, unfettered speech, and academic freedom while favoring orthodoxy in scholarship and ideology. First-amendment jurisprudence stringently limits administrative agencies that attempt to license expression. IRBs have assumed they are subject to none of these limits.

Keywords:   IRBs, Censorship, First-amendment jurisprudence, Free speech, Administrative agencies, Licensing expression, Academic freedom, Psychology of censorship, IRB incentives

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