The study of preventive efforts against (right-wing) extremism, including efforts made by the police and security services, a broad range of public agencies and civil society actors.
Preventing and countering violent extremism
Given the potential harmful impact of violent extremism and hate crimes on individuals, groups and society, preventing such activities and incidents is a major goal for policy and practice. Preventive efforts are involving the police, security services and a broad range of public agencies and civil society actors, each with their toolbox of measures.
Prevention in this context aims at reducing future acts of violence and hate crime and reducing the negative impact of such acts.
The purpose of protecting people and society from harm is obviously a good objective, but also raise some political, judicial and ethical dilemmas. How far is it justifiable to go in order to prevent bad things from happening? Some of the measures and interventions in the field of countering violent extremism (CVE) may have severe negative side effects, such as infringing on individual freedoms, stigmatisation of religious or ethnic minorities, and undermining trust in society.
- Who are the target groups for preventive interventions, and why?
- What are the relevant measures, and how do we measure success or failure?
- How do different agencies cooperate and coordinate their interventions?
- What are the side effects of measures and interventions to prevent extremism?
- How and why do militant activists end their involvement extremism, and how does their past affect their present life situation?
- The role of social support for social workers engaged in preventing radicalization and violent extremism (2020) by Håvard Haugstvedt
- Lessons from crime prevention in preventing violent extremism by police (2020) by Tore Bjørgo, with contributions from Quinta Smit of the RAN Centre of Excellence.
- Mixing Logics: Multiagency Approaches for Countering Violent Extremism (2020) by Jennie Sivenbring and Robin Andersson Malmros, from the HEX-NA project led by Tore Bjørgo
- The Consequences of Soft Repression (2020) by Jan Jämte and Rune Ellefsen
- Politiets forebyggende arbeid mot radikalisering og ekstremisme (2019) by Ingvild Gjelsvik & Tore Bjørgo, in Stian Lid & Geir Heierstad (Eds.). Forebygging av radikalisering og voldelig ekstremisme. Norske handlemåter i møte med terror.
- Hate Crime Policy: Global Controversies and the Norwegian Approach (2018) by Nina Høy-Petersen and Katrine Fangen
- How to manage returned foreign fighters and other Syria travellers? Measures for safeguarding and follow-up Oslo: C REX Research Report (2018) by Tine Wilchen Christensen and Tore Bjørgo
- The “Syria traveller”: Reintegration or legal sanctioning? (2016) by Katrine Fangen and Åshild Kolås
- Preventing crime. A Holistic Approach (2016) by Tore Bjørgo
- Counter-terrorism as crime prevention: A holistic approach (2015) by Tore Bjørgo