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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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Problematising Counter-Terrorism Review

Problematising Counter-Terrorism Review

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Accountability and Review in the Counter-Terrorist State

Jessie Blackbourn

Fiona de Londras

Lydia Morgan

Policy Press

Although counter-terrorism review often works well in the United Kingdom, challenges to realising the accountability potential of counter-terrorism review persist. In large part, those challenges reflect the persistence of exceptionalist thinking within the counter-terrorist state. This chapter zooms out from the detailed accounts given in Chapters 2 and 3 to problematise counter-terrorism review from the perspective of accountability. In doing so it dwells on four persistent challenges that emerge from the analysis of counter-terrorism review: the secret state, the abundance of executive control, the limitations of Parliament, and the absence of trust. These challenges have a serious impact on counter-terrorism review but, to a large extent, this chapter argues that their resolution may be beyond the reach of the assemblage itself.

Keywords:   Counter terrorism review, Accountability, Executive, Parliament, Trust, Secrecy, Secret state

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