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The Criminalization of Political Dissent


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This challenging new book series explores the way governments since 9/11 from across the political spectrum intensified their efforts to criminalize both traditional and new forms of digital political dissent. The series will features major contributions from the social sciences, law and legal studies, media studies and philosophy to document what happens when governments choose to regard activists campaigning for increased government transparency and accountability, environmental sustainability, social justice, human rights and pro-democracy as engaging in illegal activities.

The book series explores the legal, political and ethical implications when governments engage habitually in mass electronic and digital surveillance, outlaw freedom of movement real and virtual public assembly and prosecute digital activists. The books in this series are a ‘must read’ for anyone interested in the future of democracy.

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Criminalizing Dissent: The Liberal State and the Problem of Legitimacy

Criminalizing Dissent: The Liberal State and the Problem of Legitimacy

1st Edition

Rob Watts
June 27, 2019

While liberal-democratic states like America, Britain and Australia claim to value freedom of expression and the right to dissent, they have always actually criminalized dissent. This disposition has worsened since 9/11 and the 2008 Great Recession. This ground-breaking study shows that just as...

Shooting the Messenger: Criminalising Journalism

Shooting the Messenger: Criminalising Journalism

1st Edition

Andrew Fowler
April 06, 2018

If the Al-Qaeda terrorists who attacked the United States in 2001 wanted to weaken the West, they achieved their mission by striking a blow at the heart of democracy. Since 9/11 governments including those of the USA, the UK, France and Australia have introduced tough, intimidating ...

Governing Youth Politics in the Age of Surveillance

Governing Youth Politics in the Age of Surveillance

1st Edition

Maria T. Grasso, Judith Bessant
February 14, 2018

Drawing on case studies from around the world, contributors to this ground-breaking book explore a major contemporary paradox: on the one hand, young people today are at the forefront of political campaigns promoting social rights and ethical ideas that challenge authoritarian orders and elite...

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