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Liberty and Security

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Edition:
1st
ISBN13:

9780745647197

ISBN10:
0745647197
Format:
Paperback
Pub. Date:
3/18/2013
Publisher(s):
Polity

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Summary

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.

Author Biography

Conor Gearty is Professor of Human Rights Law at the London School of Economics and practices law for Matrix Chambers, of which he is a founding member.

Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgements
  • Chapter one INTRODUCTION
  • Chapter two STRUGGLING TOWARDS THE UNIVERSAL
  • Chapter three THE GLOBAL STAGE
  • Chapter four THE ENEMY WITHIN
  • Chapter five A VERY PARTIAL FREEDOM
  • Chapter six CULTURAL WAR
  • Chapter seven RETURNING TO UNIVERSALS


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