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Ever wondered about the public policy issues behind CCTV?

New book co-edited by PIR professor Charles Raab breaks new ground in the debate.

CCTV, or video surveillance systems, have come to play a prominent role in contemporary society. CCTV is generally accepted by most European citizens and is used for an ever-expanding range of purposes. What has been missing, from an academic perspective, is a thorough study of the issues of governance and public policy that lie behind the proliferation of CCTV since the 1990s.

raabSuch academic work is missing no longer with the publication of a new book, co-edited by PIR Professor Charles Raab, which sheds light on the various decisions and policies that establish the context in which CCTV systems have been developed and implemented. The book - Video Surveillance: Practices and Policies in Europe - offers a rich contextual study of the growing practice of video surveillance, exploring the various interests, authorities, ideas, and policies that have fed it.

Going beyond an analysis of interests it also explores the cultural context of CCTV with an emphasis on how the development of CCTV varies across different nations with their distinct institutions, cultures, and languages. The book combines theoretical chapters with five case studies that offer insights into and for the governance of CCTV.

Charles Raab is Professor of Government at the University of Edinburgh. He was a member of the faculty from 1964-2007 and resumed his Chair in 2012.

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