Homeland Security, its Law and its State: A Design of Power for the 21st Century, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Homeland Security, its Law and its State

A Design of Power for the 21st Century, 1st Edition

By Christos Boukalas


272 pages

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This book assesses the impact of post-9/11 domestic counterterrorism policy on US political life. It examines political discourse, law, institutional architecture, and state-population relations, and shows that ‘homeland security’ is a project with wide-ranging implications for democratic institutions and culture. These implications are addressed through a novel approach that treats law and the state as social relations, and relates developments in law to those in the state and in social dynamics. On this basis, the book examines the new political representations in counterterrorism discourse, especially regarding the relation between the state and the population. It examines the form and content of counterterrorism law, the powers it provides, and the structure and functions it prescribes for the state. By focusing on the new Department of Homeland Security and the restructuring of the intelligence apparatus, the book assesses the new, intelligence-led, policing model. Finally, it examines forms of popular support and resistance to homeland security, to discuss citizenship and state-population relations.

The author concludes that homeland security has turned the US into a hybrid polity; the legal and political institutions of democracy remain intact, but their content and practices become authoritarian and exclude the population from politics. These legal and political forms remain operative beyond counterterrorism, in the context of the present economic crisis. They are a permanent configuration of power.

This book is an indispensable companion for students of (counter-) Terrorism and Security Studies, Politics, Human Rights, Constitutional and Criminal Law, American Studies, and Criminology.


Of interest primarily to international lawyers, this new publication from Routledge offers a fascinating legal perspective on the problems, not to mention the catastrophes wrought by modern warfare in all its forms, from military (involving high-tech weaponry designed to kill) to digital warfare encompassing a diversity of cyber-attacks. - Phillip Taylor MBE and Elizabeth Taylor of Richmond Green Chambers

* watch full review here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YCsjqP6D84I&list=UUNyS9w_SvU2PogwuH8cHmOw

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Homeland Security, the US Polity and Social Dynamics 2. Politics, the State, and Law - a Strategic-Relational Approach 3. 11 September 2001: a Social, Political, and Legal Charting 4. Heralding a New Politics: The War on Terror Discourse 5. A Blueprint of Power: Legislating Counterterrorism 6. Counterterrorism Legislation and the Law-form 7. The Act and the State: Implementation, Friction, Resistance 8. Department of Homeland Security and Police Restructuring 9. Total Intelligence, Intelligence-Led Policing, ‘Totalitarian’ State? 10. The Political Significance of Intelligence: Government by Experts 11. Citizen Corps: Homeland Security Citizenship 12. Resistance to Homeland Security 13. Repression 14. Homeland Security: Capital in Full Armour

About the Author

Christos Boukalas is a Law and Society Research Fellow at Cardiff Law School.

About the Series

Routledge Research in Terrorism and the Law

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / General
LAW / Constitutional
LAW / Government / Federal
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / Communism & Socialism
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / International Security
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / Intelligence
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / Terrorism