Evaluating Prevent: a case survey of the UK’s effectiveness in countering terrorist radicalisation and support to terrorism

de Cani, Maisie (2014) Evaluating Prevent: a case survey of the UK’s effectiveness in countering terrorist radicalisation and support to terrorism. BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    In 2003, the UK government coordinated CONTEST, a counter terrorism strategy made up of four elements. Prevent is an integral strand of CONTEST and aims to prevent people from becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism.
    The aim of this dissertation was to evaluate the effectiveness of the Prevent strategy in apprehending Islamist plots in relation to the demographic data of the perpetrators. This is achieved through a systematic literature review, followed by an examination of all UK cases of Islamist plots (2003-2013) that identified demographic data on the perpetrators.
    The results of the case survey showed several similarities within the demographic data of the plotters, trends were identified in age, gender, education, employment, nationality, place of birth and place of residence. The research found that the demographic profile of a UK-based Islamist plotter was male, likely to be in his twenties and have undertaken some form of tertiary education. Plotters were most likely to be British and born in Britain, employed and live in and around major cities. Similarities in the findings with seminal studies on global and European jihadi terrorists were also identified.
    An evaluation of Prevent alongside the findings of the research indicated that there have been many challenges and criticisms of the delivery, funding and evaluation processes of Prevent. However, despite the challenges and areas for improvement many Islamist plots in the UK have been prevented.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
    Depositing User: Beth Atkins
    Date Deposited: 20 Nov 2014 08:45
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:44
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/15900

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