Ethics and Extremism: Report on Ethical and Legal Parameters for dealing with Extremism

Kristoffer Lidén

This report on ‘Ethics and Extremism’ examines different understandings of the role of values, culture and society in violent extremism and how these are reflected in ethical, legal and political responses by European states and the European Union. Three frameworks of understanding are presented and compared: cultural, social-psychologic and political. It is demonstrated how these imply diverging policy prescriptions. The report draws on findings from a series of activities, including a review of literature on radicalisation, extremism and terrorism in sociology, political psychology and political science and consultations with experts and scholars from a range of backgrounds and disciplines. The appendix includes a complementary report on ethical problems of globalising policies of Countering Violent Extremism.

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