Normalization and Legislative Exceptionalism: Counterterrorist Lawmaking and the Changing Times of Security Emergencies

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Abstract

This article analyzes counterterrorist lawmaking as an instance of security politics. It does so through archival parliamentary analysis of British counterterrorism legislation at three different times: in the wake of a perceived security emergency (2001), when the impact of an emergency is fading (2008), and when there is no emergency (2000). The findings show that over time, legislative exceptions and emergencies become normalized. By taking a parliamentary, legislative, historical perspective, the article also challenges some of the assumptions of the exceptionalism debate.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)260-276
JournalInternational Political Sociology
Volume6
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2012

Keywords

  • normalization
  • exception
  • law
  • terrorism
  • UK
  • paliament
  • security

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