Emergency? What Emergency?

Mark Neocleous

in Critique of Security

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print May 2008 | ISBN: 9780748633289
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748671984 | DOI:
Emergency? What Emergency?

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Building on the discussion of prerogative in the previous chapter, Chapter 2 offers a critique of the political discourse of ‘exception’. The chapter argues that the way to understand the politics of security is less through the ‘state of exception’ and much more through the logic of emergency powers. The chapter shows that emergency powers have seeped into law and become normalized. This has underpinned and reinforced the logic of security.

Keywords: Emergency powers; state of emergency; state of exception; rule of law

Chapter.  15172 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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