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PPR Research Seminar
Date: 26 January 2011 Time: 4.00-6.00 pm
Venue: Bowland North SR10
Andrew Neal (Edinburgh)
'The problematic practice of legislating for security : a Bourdieusian analysis of the UK Parliament and counter-terrorism law'
"The practice of legislating against terrorism is almost always rushed, reactionary and repetitious. It leads to a fragmented, provisional, and often unconstitutional legal framework for counter-terrorism. Periodically, governments recognise this and instigate processes of review and consolidation, which almost always result in making permanent, or 'normalising', a patchwork of laws that were once considered as temporary and exceptional. In the UK, this cycle of profligate law-making and subsequent consolidation goes back at least 100 years.
How can we understand and explain the problematic practice of legislating against terrorism, and in particular, the practices of parliamentary legislators? Despite broad legal and political recognition of the problems of legislating against terrorism, why do legislators continue to repeat this practice? What explains their apparent amnesia of previous (often recent) rounds of legislating against terrorism? What explains their failure to apply these lessons to their lawmaking practice?
This paper will use the conceptsfrom Pierre Bourdieu to develop a theory of practice for lawmaking in the field of security. In particular, it will try to explain the 'durable dispositions' of lawmakers."
Who can attend: Anyone
Organising departments and research centres: Politics, Philosophy and Religion PPR
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