What is it about?

The article analyses the police activities in France during a 2-years long state-of-emergency. It shows that over 90% of the citizens which where hit by the police activities (e.g. house searches) turned out to be innocent. It further sheds light on the dynamics between the political actors, namely ISIS, the French government, the press and the society.

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Why is it important?

The state-of-emergency is a strong political instrument. The article shows that even in consolidated democracies the effects can be negative.


A strong police force helps to maintain public order and protects the society from violence. But a strong police force (suddenly) disconnected from (parts of) the law is problematic.

Björn Toelstede
Linkopings universitet

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This page is a summary of: Democracy Interrupted: The Anti-Social Side of Intensified Policing, Democracy and Security, July 2018, Taylor & Francis, DOI: 10.1080/17419166.2018.1493992.
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