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Counter-Terrorism and the Post-Democratic State

Edited by Jenny Hocking, Professor and Director of Research, School of Humanities, Communications and Social Sciences, Monash University and Colleen Lewis, Associate Professor and Head, School of Humanities, Communications and Social Sciences, Monash University, Australia
The ‘war on terror’ and ongoing terrorist attacks around the world have generated a growing body of literature on national and international measures to counteract terrorist activity. This detailed study investigates an aspect of contemporary counter-terrorism that has been largely overlooked; the impact of these measures on the continued viability of the democratic state.
Extent: 256 pp
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Publication Date: 2007
ISBN: 978 1 84542 917 1
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  • Politics and Public Policy
  • International Politics
  • International Relations
  • Public Policy
  • Terrorism and Security
The ‘war on terror’ and ongoing terrorist attacks around the world have generated a growing body of literature on national and international measures to counteract terrorist activity. This detailed study investigates an aspect of contemporary counter-terrorism that has been largely overlooked; the impact of these measures on the continued viability of the democratic state.

Democratic nations are now facing an unprecedented challenge – to respond to global terrorism without simultaneously overturning fundamental human and political rights. The book addresses the critical question of whether, in the context of the ‘war on terror’, the national security imperative has compromised the democratic state.

This book draws together academics, public policy practitioners, politicians and journalists to discuss policies introduced by democratic governments which threaten the nature of the democratic state. It will be of great interest to graduate and undergraduate students in politics, public policy, international relations, criminology and terrorism and counter-terrorism studies.
Contributors: T. Ali, R. Bahdi, D. Brown, M. Goodwin, G.S. Goodwin-Gill, J. Gray, J. Hocking, D. Hovell, J. Keane, S. Kenny, G. Kessler, L. Lasry, C. Lewis, T. Maniaty, T. Mertens, M. Mowlan, N.S. Rodley KBE, M. Woollacott
Contents:

1. Global Terrorism
Mo Mowlan

2. Democracy at the Crossroads? Counter-terrorism and the State
Tariq Ali

3. Terrorism and War
Giovanni Kessler

4. Democracy and Torture: When the People Decide
Thomas Mertens and Morag Goodwin

5. Military Justice: David Hicks and Guantanamo Bay
Lex Lasry, QC

6. The Long Road to Guantanamo Bay
Stephen Kenny

7. The Prohibition of Torture: Absolute Means Absolute
Nigel S. Rodley

8. Constructing Non-citizens: The Living Law of Anti-terrorism in Canada
Reem Bahdi

9. Everyone and the Citizen: The Devaluation of Principles and Protection
Guy S. Goodwin-Gill

10. Dangerous Evasions: Enforcing Limits on Government Action in the ‘War on Terror’
Devika Hovell

11. ‘Counter-terrorism and the Rise of ‘Security Policing’
Jenny Hocking and Colleen Lewis

12. ‘Devils and Dust’: Extending the ‘Uncivil Politics of Law and Order’ to the ‘War on Terror’
David Brown and Janice Gray

13. Command and Control: How the Media and Military are Reshaping Televised Coverage of War
Tony Maniaty

14. Embedded Journalism: At Home and Abroad
Martin Woollacott

15. Empire and Democracy
John Keane

Index