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Localising 'radicalisation': Risk assessment practices in Greece and the United Kingdom

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Dimitris SkleparisORCiD



This is the authors' accepted manuscript of an article that has been published in its final definitive form by Sage Publications Ltd, 2020.

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This article juxtaposes anti-radicalisation policy in the UK, one of the pioneers in the field, with Greece, one of the latecomers. Drawing on localisation theory, our aim is to understand how ‘common knowledge’ of radicalisation and counter-radicalisation has materialised in the UK and Greece by exploring the development and use of radicalisation-related risk and vulnerability assessment tools. We argue that the radicalisation ‘knowledge’ was localised more seamlessly in the UK, which can be attributed to the country’s ‘norm producer’ status on the field of European counter-radicalisation. By contrast, the ‘knowledge’ was subjected to significant ‘re-framing’ and ‘stretching’ to fit with the Greek context. This is associated with the country’s ‘norm adopter’ status on the field of European counter-radicalisation, as well as with a ‘spill-over effect’ from a national context of deeply polarising and contentious counter-terrorism policies. We maintain that these localisation processes reveal two distinct assemblages of governing radicalisation.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Skleparis D, Augestad Knudsen R

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: British Journal of Politics and International Relations

Year: 2020

Volume: 22

Issue: 2

Pages: 309-327

Print publication date: 01/05/2020

Online publication date: 09/03/2020

Acceptance date: 25/10/2019

Date deposited: 12/02/2020

ISSN (print): 1369-1481

ISSN (electronic): 1467-856X

Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd


DOI: 10.1177/1369148120910987


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