Expanding Emergency: The 1964 Emergency Powers Act

The 1964 Emergency Powers Act was made law on 10th June 1964. It is only two paragraphs long, and received nothing of the intense political and public attention that surrounded the introduction of the Emergency Powers Act 1920 which it amends (see previous blog post). But it does instantiate a significant change in what can count as an emergency for the purpose of declaring a state of emergency. As part of the project on the UK emergency state, we’ve been looking at the Act. Continue reading

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A Genealogy of the UK Emergency State: Legislation

After a Christmas break, I’ve spent a bit of time this week beginning to read and think about the research material from the first stage of my project on a genealogy of the UK emergency state. Continue reading