Neoliberal Terror? The Radicalisation of Social Policy in Europe
Question 1: What is the scope of the project? How are health and social care workers involved in counter-terrorism?
In many countries, doctors, nurses and social workers are asked to report clients they feel might be radicalising. As this is not a traditional professional duty for care professionals, the Neoliberal Terror project will investigate how and why national security has become part of the professional duties of health and social care workers.
We will study the history of crime prevention in Europe, with particular emphasis on programs which work with non-offenders to reduce their risk of becoming criminal. We will then study how these criminal policy agendas merged with counter-radicalisation in the twenty-first century.
Question 2: To what extent have International Organisations facilitated the travel of radicalisation discourse and P/CVE policies between nations?
Question 3: Is 'preventive' policy associated with neoliberal economics?
In Critical Criminology, the argument is often made that neoliberal economics underpins the turn to risk-based, preventive policy. However, these studies commonly only look at penal policies in the USA, Canada and the UK. Our study has explored the use of prevention policy across Europe - as well as in North America. We are undertaking a quantitative analysis of the amount of counter-radicalisation programs in 40 countries, to test what drives their implementation.
Our initial results show no association between neoliberal economic policy and the amount of counter-radicalisation implemented within a state. Other factors (such as the recent experience of terrorist attacks, and the size of minority ethnic populations) have a stronger association with the implementation of prevention policy.
Question 4: Who are the Team?
The Primary Investigator: Professor Charlotte Heath-Kelly Previous projects: Counter-radicalisation within the UK's NHS (Wellcome Trust funded). Also led projects funded by ESRC and the Leverhulme Trust, and is currently collaborating with colleagues on projects funded by the University of Sheffield and the Norwegian Research Council.
Dr Sadi Shanaah completed PhD at the Department of Political Science at Aarhus University, and joins us as the Quantitative Research Fellow on the team.
Dr Shahnaz Akhter. Shahnaz is a postdoctoral researcher and widening participation officer for the Department of Politics and International Studies.