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When Trust Fades, Facebook Is No Longer a Friend: Shifting Privatisation Dynamics in the Context of Cybersecurity as a Result of Disinformation, Populism and Political Uncertainty

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Ben FarrandORCiD



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This article discusses how populism and political uncertainty are impacting on one of the main current trends in the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice, namely the privatisation of JHA. Through an exploration of a cybersecurity policy case study, the article proposes to understand how the privatisation of internal security, which has resulted in private actors shaping JHA policies and regulation, is currently being disrupted. Through the use of the theoretical lenses of Regulatory Capitalism, the article argues that this change is directly related to a reduction in trust relations between the State and certain private sector actors, which occurs when priorities in addressing populism and political uncertainty are perceived to diverge.

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Author(s): Carrapico H, Farrand B

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Common Market Studies

Year: 2021

Volume: 59

Issue: 5

Pages: 1160-1176

Print publication date: 01/09/2021

Online publication date: 11/02/2021

Acceptance date: 29/12/2020

Date deposited: 16/03/2021

ISSN (electronic): 1468-5965

Publisher: Wiley


DOI: 10.1111/jcms.13175


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