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Invisible enemies, wars without winners: when 'khaki elections' fail.

Morrison, James

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Einar Thorsen
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Daniel Jackson
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Darren Lilleker
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Abstract

This article argues that, in the aftermath of the Manchester and London terror attacks, a concerted attempt was made by Theresa May and her senior ministers to re-frame the coming contest as a 'khaki election', which conflated ongoing concerns about security with a wider, more militarised, conception of law and order. It argues that this project was ultimately doomed to failure, not least because, unlike in previous khaki elections, the opposing force was an invisible 'enemy within' which was impossible to defeat in any meaningful sense.

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MORRISON, J. 2017. Invisible enemies, wars without winners: when 'khaki elections' fail. In Thorsen, E., Jackson, D. and Lilleker, D. (eds.) UK election analysis 2017: media, voters and the campaign; early reflections from leading academics. Poole: Bournemouth University Centre for the study of journalism, culture and community [online], page 86. Available from: http://bit.ly/UKElectionAnalysis2017_Thorsen-Jackson-and-Lilleker_v1

Online Publication Date Jun 19, 2017
Publication Date Jun 30, 2017
Deposit Date Jul 25, 2017
Publicly Available Date Jul 25, 2017
Publisher Bournemouth University. Centre for the Study of Journalism, Culture and Community
Pages 86
Book Title UK election analysis 2017: media, voters and the campaign; early reflections from leading academics
ISBN 9781910042151
Keywords Khaki elections; Security; War on Terror; General election; Law and order; Moral panic
Public URL http://hdl.handle.net/10059/2418
Publisher URL http://bit.ly/UKElectionAnalysis2017_Thorsen-Jackson-and-Lilleker_v1 ; http://www.electionanalysis.uk/uk-election-analysis-2017/section-4-parties-and-the-campaign/invisible-enemies-wars-without-winners-when-khaki-elections-fail/

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