Monday, September 10, 2018
Luke William Hunt (Radford University) has posted The Retrieval of Liberalism in Policing (Preface and Introduction) ((Oxford University Press) (Forthcoming)) on SSRN. Here is the abstract:
There is a growing sense that many liberal states are in the midst of a shift in legal and political norms — a shift that is happening slowly and for a variety of reasons relating to security. The internet and tech booms — paving the way for new forms of electronic surveillance — predated the 9/11 attacks by several years, while the police’s vast use of secret informants and deceptive operations began well before that. On the other hand, the recent uptick in reactionary movements — movements in which the rule of law seems expendable — began many years after 9/11 and continues to this day. One way to describe this book is an examination of the moral limits on modern police practices that flow from the basic legal and political tenets of the liberal tradition. The central argument is that policing in liberal states is constrained by a liberal conception of persons coupled with particular rule of law principles.