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Liberty and security

Gearty, Conor (2013) Liberty and security. Polity. ISBN 9780745647180 (Submitted)

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Abstract

All aspire to liberty and security in their lives but few people truly enjoy them. This book explains why this is so. In what Conor Gearty calls our 'neo-democratic' world, the proclamation of universal liberty and security is mocked by facts on the ground: the vast inequalities in supposedly free societies, the authoritarian regimes with regular elections, and the terrible socio-economic deprivation camouflaged by cynically proclaimed commitments to human rights. Gearty's book offers an explanation of how this has come about, providing also a criticism of the present age which tolerates it. He then goes on to set out a manifesto for a better future, a place where liberty and security can be rich platforms for everyone's life. The book identifies neo-democracies as those places which play at democracy so as to disguise the injustice at their core. But it is not just the new 'democracies' that have turned 'neo', the so-called established democracies are also hurtling in the same direction, as is the United Nations. A new vision of universal freedom is urgently required. Drawing on scholarship in law, human rights and political science this book argues for just such a vision, one in which the great achievements of our democratic past are not jettisoned as easily as were the socialist ideals of the original democracy-makers.

Item Type: Book
Official URL: http://www.polity.co.uk/
Additional Information: © 2013 Polity Press
Divisions: Law
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
Sets: Departments > Law
Date Deposited: 13 Feb 2013 14:47
Last Modified: 08 Oct 2019 11:26
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/48082

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