The Prevent Strategy and Right-wing Extremism: A Case Study of the English Defence League, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

The Prevent Strategy and Right-wing Extremism

A Case Study of the English Defence League, 1st Edition

By Craig J.J. McCann


186 pages | 1 B/W Illus.

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In 2011 the U.K. Government reviewed its counter terrorism Prevent Strategy to include "all forms of extremism" with an emphasis on right-wing extremism. This book - written by the former Head of Strategy and Policy at the Office of the National Coordinator for Prevent - provides the most detailed assessment yet of this shift in emphasis.

It explores how the inclusion of right-wing extremism within the counter terrorism Prevent Strategy impacted local responses to the English Defence League. This is explored through numerous interviews and several case studies which were carried out by the author while he was serving as a senior police officer within the Counter Terrorism Command of the Metropolitan Police Service. The book balances empirical research with practical recommendations for policymakers and practitioners from a unique "insider" perspective.

This book will be of appeal to an array of audiences including scholars and students of Terrorism Studies, professionals working in the areas of counter terrorism, public order policing and the promotion of community cohesion, and to those who have an interest in wider non-political responses to right-wing extremism.

Table of Contents

1. The Right Response? 2. Putting the Prevent in preventing right-wing extremism, 3. Luton: "Where it all began" 4. Newcastle: Rolling out the welcome mat, 5. Waltham Forest: Into "The Lion’s Den" 6. The policy muddle, 7. Back to basics

About the Author

Dr Craig J.J. McCann is an independent counter terrorismconsultant and researcher. He was previously Head of Strategy and Policy at the Office of the National Coordinator for Prevent.

About the Series

Extremism and Democracy

This series covers academic studies within the broad fields of ‘extremism’ and ‘democracy’, with volumes focusing on adjacent concepts such as populism, radicalism, and ideological/religious fundamentalism. These topics have been considered largely in isolation by scholars interested in the study of political parties, elections, social movements, activism, and radicalisation in democratic settings. A key focus of the series, therefore, is the (inter-)relation between extremism, radicalism, populism, fundamentalism, and democracy. Since its establishment in 1999, the series has encompassed both influential contributions to the discipline and informative accounts for public debate. Works will seek to problematise the role of extremism, broadly defined, within an ever-globalising world, and/or the way social and political actors can respond to these challenges without undermining democratic credentials.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / General