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Westminster Professor Publishes New Book on the Impact of the “War on Terror” On Government Institutions.

17 June 2010

Prof John Owens, Professor of United States Government in the Department of Politics and International Relations, has just published his latest book The “War on Terror” and the Growth of Executive Power? A Comparative Perspective with Routledge. Working with Dr Riccardo Pelizzo of of the Centre for Governance and Public Policy at Griffith University in Queensland, the book reaches some surprising conclusions on the impact of the “war on terror” in 8 different countries.

Front cover of War on Terror book‘There is an expectation among most commentators – particularly in the United States, but also in Britain - that the calamity of 9/11 and other terrorist attacks has led inevitably to an acretion of executive power at the expense of parliaments and legislatures. Our study shows this not to be the case. Certainly, this was the pattern in the US, the UK and Russia, but in other political systems, including Australia and Canada – and even in Israel - the pattern was much more nuanced. In Italy, there was no discernible shift in the balance of power while in the Indonesia the effect was to challenge the legitimacy of the country’s emerging democratic institutions. As one of the book’s reviewers has observed, in many cases, these findings are counter-intuitive.’

The book was published on 23 June 2010 in Routledge’s Advances in International Relations and Global Politics series.”

You can purchase the book here.


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