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Prevent Strategies: The Problems Associated in Defining Extremism – the case of the UK

Lowe, D (2016) Prevent Strategies: The Problems Associated in Defining Extremism – the case of the UK. Studies in Conflict and Terrorism. ISSN 1521-0731

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Abstract

As the UK has placed some of its Prevent strategy on a statutory footing and is proposing to introduce a Counter-Extremism Bill, this article argues that a legal definition of extremism must be carefully drafted to provide legal certainty. The main recommendation is that all forms of violent and non-violent extremism comes under the definition, ensuring it is differentiated from activism. Activism may hold radical views counter to the mainstream opinion, but it is required in liberal democracies as it encourages healthy debate and can prevent the policing of thought in any government strategy or legislation.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Studies in Conflict and Terrorism on 27 Oct 2016 available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/1057610X.2016.1253941
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1606 Political Science
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Divisions: School of Law
Publisher: Taylor and Francis
Date Deposited: 28 Feb 2017 15:16
Last Modified: 28 Feb 2017 15:16
DOI or Identification number: 10.1080/1057610X.2016.1253941
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/5118

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