The parliamentarisation of security in the UK and Australia

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This article examines the parliamentarisation of security through four decades of committee activity in the UK and Australia. Security governance has expanded since the Cold War from defence and secret intelligence to an array of problematizations that could arise in almost any policy area. This has driven parliamentary activity, with the effect that a much wider range of committees have done substantive work on security issues. The UK and Australia display similar levels of security parliamentarisation but of a different character due to differences in executive/legislative relations, party discipline, parliamentary rules and geopolitical circumstance.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbergsaa012
JournalParliamentary Affairs
Early online date2 Sep 2020
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 2 Sep 2020


  • Australia
  • committees
  • executive/legislative relations
  • parliamentarisation
  • security
  • UK


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