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Neoliberal Terror: The Radicalisation of Social Policy in Europe

Neoliberal Terror: The Radicalisation of Social Policy in Europe

Key contacts: Dr Charlotte Heath-Kelly

Funding: European Research Council

Start date: 01.02.2020

End date: 31.01.2025

Project website: www.warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/pais/research/neoliberal-terror/

Project overview

This project investigates the introduction of counterterrorism within Health and Social care across Europe. The longstanding separation of medicine and care from policing/intelligence has been superseded in the era of Countering Violent Extremism. This study explores the political, economic and discursive mechanisms behind this dramatic policy shift, using a methodologically pluralist approach to test whether neoliberal economic and social policies underwrite the ‘radicalisation of social policy’. The project contributes to research on policy diffusion by tracing the spread of deradicalisation programs between member states and EU institutions, with special attention paid to uptake by Europe’s small states.