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Description - Exceptionalism and the Politics of Counter-Terrorism by Andrew W. Neal

This book is an analysis and critique of the concepts of 'exception' and 'exceptionalism' in the context of the politics of liberty and security in the so-called 'War on Terror'. 'Exceptionalism' encompasses an array of illiberal policies and practices that are legitimated through claims about necessary exceptions to the norm. These range from the securitization of immigration and asylum to the 'extraordinary rendition' of 'terrorist suspects' to third countries widely believed to practice torture. This book is particularly concerned with the legitimating and critical possibilities of the exceptionalism discourse. As such, it seeks to understand the reasons the resurgence of the ideas of Carl Schmitt, whose arguments sharply express those being made by politicians, security agents and certain commentators: that exceptional times require exceptional measures; that certain norms, right and laws must be suspended or ignored; and that executive power must be freed from constitutional restraints.Situating exceptionalism within the post-9/11 controversy about the relationship between liberty and security, the book argues that the problem emerges from the limits and paradoxes of liberal democracy itself.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780415456753
ISBN-10: 0415456754
Format: Hardback
(234mm x 156mm x mm)
Pages: 208
Imprint: Routledge
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 29-Sep-2009
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Andrew W. Neal

Andrew W. Neal is a Lecturer in International Relations at the University of Edinburgh. His PhD won the British International Studies Association best thesis prize in 2006.