Preventing Political Violence in Britain: An Evaluation of over Forty Years of Undercover Policing of Political Groups Involved in Protest

Bonino, Stefano and Kaoullas, Lambros (2015) Preventing Political Violence in Britain: An Evaluation of over Forty Years of Undercover Policing of Political Groups Involved in Protest. Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, 38 (10). pp. 814-840. ISSN 1057-610X

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1057610X.2015.1059102

Abstract

This article offers a first academic evaluation of the Special Demonstration Squad and the National Public Order Intelligence Unit, two British undercover police units working for the Metropolitan Police Service at different times between 1968 and 2011. It provides a historical overview of their infiltration of political groups involved in protest for the purpose of gathering criminal and political intelligence aimed at preventing violence, public disorder, and subversion. It discusses the controversies surrounding these units, and the related institutional responses, and offers an attempt at understanding their operations within the remit of intelligence-led policing and against a political culture that prioritizes action over inaction in reducing risks and threats to the State and society.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: L200 Politics
L300 Sociology
L400 Social Policy
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > School of Arts and Social Sciences > Social Sciences
Depositing User: Stefano Bonino
Date Deposited: 03 Sep 2015 08:23
Last Modified: 25 Apr 2016 16:00
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/23671

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