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The Insecurity State: Vulnerable Autonomy and the Right to Security in the Criminal Law

Peter Ramsay


This book presents a theory of the recent emergence of a right to security and of its protection by the criminal law in the UK. It states that the protection of such a right makes sense of the liabilities found in much of the expansive criminal legislation enacted under that government. This book identifies the normative source of the right to security in the idea of vulnerable autonomy. It demonstrates that this idea is axiomatic to political theories that have enjoyed a preponderant influence across the political mainstream, well beyond the ranks of the Labour government. It considers the co ... More

Keywords: criminal law, right to security, subjective security, vulnerability, Anti-Social Behaviour Order, criminal behaviour order, crime prevention, preventive justice, police power, state of exception

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199581061
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199581061.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter Ramsay, author
Lecturer in Law, London School of Economics