Stakeholder security: The new western way of counter-terrorism?

Lee Jarvis, Michael Lister

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This article explores the ways in which Western states have adapted their counter-terrorism strategies to meet the demands of a post-9/11 era. Focusing on the USA and UK as illustrative case studies, this article charts the emergence of a new, complex topography of security measures aimed at confronting the threat of unconventional violence from above and below. Of particular interest is the construction of a raft of initiatives heavily reliant on the continued participation of citizens for their functioning; a reliance persistently justified by claims to uncertainty, even ignorance, among political elites. To better understand these initiatives and their implications, this article introduces the concept of stakeholder security to refer to the conscription of ordinary individuals into the state's security apparatuses; a conscription that positions citizens precariously as simultaneously technologies, subjects and objects of security. The article concludes with a first attempt to trace some of the political and normative issues raised by this new policy framework.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)173-188
Number of pages16
JournalContemporary Politics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2010


  • terrorism
  • counter-terroism
  • security
  • stakeholders
  • citizenship
  • risk

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