Freedom and Order

Freedom and Order : How Democratic Governments Restrict Civil Liberties After Terrorist Attacksand Why Sometimes They Don't

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This book forwards the debate on how to respond to terror attacks. It compares legislative responses to terrorism in the United States, United Kingdom, and Israel finding that government centralization and abridgement of rights are common, but that the story is much more nuanced and complicated than at first meets the eye. Not all terror attacks lead to new legislation, many lead to muted more

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  • Hardback | 272 pages
  • 152.4 x 226.06 x 25.4mm | 566.99g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739147358
  • 9780739147351

About Gabriel Rubin

Gabriel Rubin is assistant professor in the Department of Justice Studies at Montclair State more

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A very useful and easy to ready book which explains why at times democratic governments are able to enact counter-terrorism laws that restrict citizens' liberties and why at other times they fail to do so. Gabriel Rubin's insightful analysis should be read by any individual who wants to understand democratic governments' reactions to terrorist threats. -- Carlos Yordan, Drew University Scholars tend to argue that counter-terrorism policy either comes from the bottom up, as publics frightened by terrorism force their elected representative into overwrought responses, or from the top down, as presidents or prime ministers manipulate public opinion to generate support for their preferred policies. Using recent Israeli, British, and U.S. history and an impressive range of theoretical inputs, Gabriel Rubin skillfully integrates those previous distinct perspectives. This book explains how democratic leaders make civil liberties policy after terrorist attacks, but its theory will help anyone trying to understand how leaders navigate amid excitable publics and political rivals to make security policy. -- Benjamin H. Friedman, author of Terrorizing Ourselvesshow more

Table of contents

1 Acknowledgements 2 Chapter One: A Crisis or Opportunity?: Constructing a Theory of Terror Response 3 Chapter Two: To Conquer Fear, You Must Become Fear 4 Chapter Three: Shaping Fear: The Role of Mass Fear in Civil Liberties Reductions after Terrorist Attacks 5 Chapter Four: The United States after 9/11: Tracing the Process of how the Patriot Act Was Passed 6 Chapter Five: "We're Fighting this New Kind of Enemy": Presidential versus Parliamentary Democracies in the War on Terror 7 Chapter Six: Balancing Fear: Why Counterterror Legislation was Blocked after the Oklahoma City and London Bombings 8 Chapter Seven: Living with Terrorism: Executive Power and the Future of Civil Liberties 9 Data Appendices on Executive, Mass Fear and Civil Libertiesshow more

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