Terrorism, Lawmaking and Democratic Politics: Legislators as Security Actors

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Abstract

Counterterrorist law is all too often made in a rushed, reactive and repetitious way, marginalizing the deliberative, critical and democratic functions of legislatures and leading to outcomes that later prove to be unconstitutional and counter-productive for public security. Using a political sociology approach, the article offers an analysis and theorisation of the practice of counterterrorist lawmaking. Through the UK example, the article argues that counterterrorist lawmaking compounds the existing unequal power relationships of the parliamentary field, and presents legislators with an inscrutable dilemma about the true stakes involved in legislative security politics.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)357-374
JournalTerrorism and Political Violence
Volume24
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012

Keywords

  • Terrorism
  • law
  • UK
  • parliament
  • security

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