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Homeland security, its law, and its state - a design of power for the 21st century

Boukalas, Christos 2014. Homeland security, its law, and its state - a design of power for the 21st century. Routledge Research in Terrorism and Law, Abingdon: Routledge.

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Abstract

This book assesses the impact of post-9/11 domestic counterterrorism policy on US political life. It examines political discourse, law, institutional architecture, and state-population relations, and shows that ‘homeland security’ is a project with wide-ranging implications for democratic institutions and culture. These implications are addressed through a novel approach that treats law and the state as social relations, and relates developments in law to those in the state and in social dynamics. On this basis, the book examines the new political representations in counterterrorism discourse, especially regarding the relation between the state and the population. It examines the form and content of counterterrorism law, the powers it provides, and the structure and functions it prescribes for the state. By focusing on the new Department of Homeland Security and the restructuring of the intelligence apparatus, the book assesses the new, intelligence-led, policing model. Finally, it examines forms of popular support and resistance to homeland security, to discuss citizenship and state-population relations. The author concludes that homeland security has turned the US into a hybrid polity; the legal and political institutions of democracy remain intact, but their content and practices become authoritarian and exclude the population from politics. These legal and political forms remain operative beyond counterterrorism, in the context of the present economic crisis. They are a permanent configuration of power. This book is an indispensable companion for students of (counter-) Terrorism and Security Studies, Politics, Human Rights, Constitutional and Criminal Law, American Studies, and Criminology.

Item Type: Book
Book Type: Authored Book
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Law
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JC Political theory
K Law > K Law (General)
K Law > KF United States Federal Law
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9780415526319
Last Modified: 26 Mar 2020 16:06
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/62487

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