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The Expansion of Intelligence Agency Mandates: British Counterterrorism in Comparative Perspective


The Expansion of Intelligence Agency Mandates: British Counterterrorism in Comparative Perspective

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The UK’s domestic intelligence agency, MI5, has become increasingly involved in the realm of law enforcement over the last decade. This article puts the British experience in perspective by comparing it with France’s main domestic intelligence agency, which has pushed deep into the law enforcement arena in recent years. A similar perception of Islamist terrorism underpins these parallel developments in the two countries. However, differences relating to accountability, legal systems and conceptions of the state mean that the French intelligence agency has expanded its role considerably more than its British counterpart. The analysis indicates that MI5’s move into law enforcement is likely to remain a relatively conservative one.

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Foley, Frank. 2009. "The Expansion of Intelligence Agency Mandates: British Counterterrorism in Comparative Perspective." Review of International Studies (October): 35:983-995. http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayFulltext?type=1&fid=6459940&...

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Frank Foley
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