The Security State

Richard J. Aldrich

in The Oxford Handbook of British Politics

Published in print July 2009 | ISBN: 9780199230952
Published online January 2010 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Politics & International Relations

 The Security State

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This article explores developments in the UK security state, concentrating on the intelligence and security services, together with the Whitehall machinery that connects these agencies with the core executive. It also addresses related aspects of security policing or ‘high policing’. In addition, major developments that have taken place since the end of the cold war against the background of Euro-peanization, globalization, and the so-called ‘Global War on Terror’ are described. The discussion considers some of the more important legislative changes that have introduced mechanisms for oversight and a remarkable new culture of regulation. Europe is still driving the new culture of regulation that overtook the security state in the 1990s. The formidable growth of the UK security state might be unprecedented in national terms, but viewed through a comparative lens it is hardly unique.

Keywords: UK security state; intelligence; security services; security policing; cold war; regulation; Euro-peanization; globalization; Global War on Terror

Article.  8908 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; UK Politics ; International Relations

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