Post-democracy in the EU: Security vs. Civil Liberties?

  • Radka Druláková
Keywords: Terrorism, post-democracy, home internal security, individual security, the Copenhagen school, securitiszation, political discourse, France, Italy, Great Britain, European Union


At the very beginning of the 21st century Europe needs to address terrorist threats to a larger extent more than ever before. Both the EU member states and the EU institutions are adopting a whole range of measures to prevent and to fight terrorism. Nevertheless, some of these measures can endanger human rights and freedoms. Paradoxically, efforts to enhance security of state could therefore decrease the security of individuals. I This article uses the concept of securitizsation to analyzse this process. The text tries, and attempts to answer the question as to what extent the securitiszation of terrorism is takinges place inside the EU nowadays. This is done by the analysings of some counter-terrorist measures and of their perception by the general public. In an extreme case, an intensive securitiszation could change transform current liberal democracies into post-democracies.

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Radka Druláková



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