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'Take heed what thou doest: for this man is a Roman' – The Arbitrary Use of Deprivation of Citizenship as a Public Relations Management Tool

Kerr, Joshua (2020) 'Take heed what thou doest: for this man is a Roman' – The Arbitrary Use of Deprivation of Citizenship as a Public Relations Management Tool Journal of Immigration, Asylum & Nationality Law.

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Abstract

This article attempts to present a coherent theory that explains the inconsistent and highly political application of deprivation of citizenship in the UK. An analysis of 21st century cases shows that the primary motivation behind the government's approach in this area is to respond to and manipulate public opinion. Furthermore, deprivation of citizenship is not useful as a national security tool, as claimed, and instead only gives the appearance of the government taking strong decisive action in the 'war on terror'. Turning to public relations theory and particularly the work of Edward Bernays, this article shows how public relations themes have dominated deprivation of citizenship policy. This is a dangerous and inappropriate use of an extraordinary executive power and an excellent example of the 'engineering of consent'.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of Law
Authors :
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Kerr, Joshuajoshua.kerr@surrey.ac.uk
Date : 2020
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Depositing User : James Marshall
Date Deposited : 27 Jan 2020 15:37
Last Modified : 23 Apr 2020 11:17
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/853435

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