Journal Article

Generating More Heat than Light? Debates on Civil Liberties in the UK

Jon Moran

in Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice

Volume 1, issue 1, pages 80-93
Published in print January 2007 | ISSN: 1752-4512
Published online January 2007 | e-ISSN: 1752-4520 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/police/pam009
Generating More Heat than Light? Debates on Civil Liberties in the UK

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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.’

Journal Article.  7478 words. 

Subjects: Policing

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