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Wolverhampton Intellectual Repository and E-Theses > School of Law, Social Sciences and Communications > School of Legal Studies > Legal Studies Research Group  > Generating More Heat than Light? Debates on Civil Liberties in the UK

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Title: Generating More Heat than Light? Debates on Civil Liberties in the UK
Authors: Moran, Jonathan
Citation: Policing, 1(1): 80-93
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Journal: Policing
Issue Date: 2007
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2436/26163
DOI: 10.1093/police/pam009
Additional Links: http://policing.oxfordjournals.org/
Abstract: This article deals with the debate over civil liberties in the United Kingdom, particularly the argument that civil liberties have been unreasonably restricted in the UK as part of the state's counter-terrorist policy. Arguments that the UK is facing an unprecedented threat to its civil liberties are examined, as are counter-arguments, including the idea that defenders of civil liberties display an excessive pessimism. The article argues that civil liberties have been constrained, but a focus on counter-terrorism shows the situation is not as bad as critics think. The main threat to civil liberties may come from outside the field of counter-terrorist operations and lies in some developments in normal criminal investigation and public order but more importantly, the processes and practices of the public and private sector (particularly surveillance) as part of what is termed the ‘risk society.’
Type: Article
Language: en
Keywords: Risk society
Civil liberties
UK
Counter-terrorism
Public order
Surveillance
ISSN: 1752-4512
Appears in Collections: Legal Studies Research Group
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