Framing the UK’s counter-terrorism policy within the context of a wicked problem

Fischbacher-Smith, D. (2016) Framing the UK’s counter-terrorism policy within the context of a wicked problem. Public Money and Management, 36(6), pp. 399-408. (doi: 10.1080/09540962.2016.1200801)

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Terrorist attacks can be seen as the ultimate wicked problem. After 9/11, terrorists moved from so-called ‘spectacular’ events to relatively low-intensity attacks against individuals and groups. The emergence of what has become known as the ‘home-grown’ terrorist has added a further dimension to the ‘wicked’ nature of the problem. This paper considers the UK’s CONTEST and PREVENT strategies as a policy response to the threats from terrorism and the impact that the policies themselves can have on the radicalization of individuals. The author highlights some of the limitations of the PREVENT strand of the overall strategy and the constraints that are imposed on government policies by failing to take a holistic perspective on the nature of the problem.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Fischbacher-Smith, Professor Denis
Authors: Fischbacher-Smith, D.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > Adam Smith Business School > Management
Journal Name:Public Money and Management
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN (Online):1467-9302
Published Online:04 July 2016
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2016 The Author
First Published:First published in Public Money and Management 36(6): 399-408
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
479891Under dark skies: Port cities, extreme events, multi-scale processes and the vulnerability of controls around counter terrorismDenis Fischbacher-SmithEngineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)EP/G004889/1BUS - MANAGEMENT