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Accountability and Review in the Counter-Terrorist State$
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Jessie Blackbourn, Fiona de Londras, and Lydia Morgan

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781529206234

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781529206234.001.0001

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The Counter-Terrorist State

The Counter-Terrorist State

(p.21) 1 The Counter-Terrorist State
(p.i) Accountability and Review in the Counter-Terrorist State

Jessie Blackbourn

Fiona de Londras

Lydia Morgan

Policy Press

This chapter contains a characterisation of the UK as a counter-terrorist state, tracing its historical development and the processes through which counter-terrorism has become permanent in this jurisdiction. Alongside this permanence, the chapter shows how counter-terrorism pervades a wide range of fields, beyond policing and security, extending both the range of actors responsible for counter-terrorism and those subject to the state’s counter-terrorist gaze. In spite of some marginal disagreement around counter-terrorism law and policy, the chapter shows that UK politics is marked by a hegemonic consensus on the counter-terrorist state’s core propositions. Finally, the chapter shows that the counter-terrorist state is also reflected in the emergence and the stabilisation, through law, of at least some forms of counter-terrorism review, illustrating the potential for counter-terrorism review to reinforce and legitimate the counter-terrorist state.

Keywords:   Counter terrorist state, Permanent counter terrorism, Counter terrorism review

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