Politics, media and war: 9/11 and its aftermaths
Politics, media and war: 9/11 and its aftermaths

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10.2 British policies and the background to post-9/11 legislation

Michael Saward is Professor of Politics at The Open University. In an extract from ‘The state and civil liberties in the post-9/11 world’, he details the response of the British government to 7/7 and places it in the broader context of discussions about security issues and civil liberties.

Activity 45 The state and civil liberties in the post-9/11 world

Please read this extract now.

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In particular, you should note and assess the significance of the various features of the political environment that are identified. They include:

  • the rise in asylum applications over the past twenty years
  • the connection drawn between refugees and the terrorist threat (you can compare this with the views of Melanie Phillips presented in section 9.2)
  • the implications of recent legislation for the nature and practice of British democracy
  • views expressed by the judiciary
  • relations with European conventions and legislation.

You should make sure you understand the nature of these different factors and how they relate to the changing relations between state and citizen in contemporary Britain. Saward also outlines four separate pieces of legislation that might be claimed to change the state–citizen relationship, so make sure you identify these.

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