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Critique of Security$
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Mark Neocleous

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780748633289

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748633289.001.0001

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Emergency? What Emergency?

Emergency? What Emergency?

(p.39) Chapter 2 Emergency? What Emergency?
Critique of Security

Mark Neocleous

Edinburgh University Press

Building on the discussion of prerogative in the previous chapter, Chapter 2 offers a critique of the political discourse of ‘exception’. The chapter argues that the way to understand the politics of security is less through the ‘state of exception’ and much more through the logic of emergency powers. The chapter shows that emergency powers have seeped into law and become normalized. This has underpinned and reinforced the logic of security.

Keywords:   Emergency powers, state of emergency, state of exception, rule of law

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