Westminster Professor Publishes New Book on the Impact of the “War on Terror” On Government Institutions.
17 June 2010
‘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.”
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