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Anti-Terrorism, Citizenship and Security in the UK

Grant reference: RES-000-22-3765

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Stakeholder security : the new western way of counter-terrorism?
This article explores the ways in which Western states have adapted their counter-terrorism strategies to meet the demands of a post-9/11 era. Focusing on the USA and UK as illustrative case studies, this article charts the emergence of a new, complex topography of security measures aimed at confronting the threat of unconventional violence from above and below. Of particular interest is the construction of a raft of initiatives heavily reliant on the continued participation of citizens for their functioning; a reliance persistently justified by claims to uncertainty, even ignorance, among political elites. To better understand these initiatives and their implications, this article introduces the concept of stakeholder security to refer to the conscription of ordinary individuals into the state’s security apparatuses; a conscription that positions citizens precariously as simultaneously technologies, subjects and objects of security. The article concludes with a first attempt to trace some of the political and normative issues raised by this new policy framework.

Primary contributor

Author Lee Jarvis

Additional contributors

Author Michael Lister


terrorism; counter-terrorism; security; stakeholders; citizenship; risk

Additional details

Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group
01 January 2010
Contemporary politics

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Jarvis, Lee and Lister, Michael (2010) Stakeholder security : the new western way of counter-terrorism?. Contemporary politics. 16 (2), pp. 173-188 Abingdon: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group.


Jarvis Lee and Lister Michael. Stakeholder security : the new western way of counter-terrorism?. Contemporary politics 2010; 16 (2): 173-188.