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Title: The Diffusion, Regulation and Governance of Closed-Circuit Television in the UK
Author(s): Webster, C William R
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Issue Date: 2004
Date Deposited: 19-Apr-2013
Citation: Webster CWR (2004) The Diffusion, Regulation and Governance of Closed-Circuit Television in the UK. Surveillance and Society, 2 (2/3), pp. 230-250.
Abstract: This article explores the introduction and diffusion of Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) surveillance systems in public places across the UK. In particular, it seeks to examine the diffusion of CCTV alongside the emergence of regulation and governance structures associated with its provision. By doing so, it is argued here, that the processes of diffusion, regulation and governance are inherently intertwined, that they have evolved together over time, and that we must place CCTV within its institutional and policy setting in order to have a good understanding of the reasons for its diffusion. Initially, it appears t hat the CCTV policy arena is relatively unregulated. This is surprising given the nature of the technology and its potential to be used as a tool for surveillance and control. However, a closer examination of its diffusion points to a variety of regulatory mechanisms emerging from within the CCTV policy environment and evolving alongside the development of policy networks. It is argued here, that whilst it may appear that regulation has emerged from within these networks, government, despite limited legislative intervention, remains the dominant actor in the policy process through its ability to shape and influence networks.
Rights: Publisher allows this work to be made available in this repository. Published in Surveillance & Society, 2.2/3, pp.230-250, 2004, by Surveillance Studies Network (SSN) with the following policy: The author licenses the article to the Surveillance Studies Network (SSN) for inclusion in Surveillance & Society (S&S), right of first publication. The copyright to the article remains with the author and any subsequent commercial reuse must be agreed by both parties. SSN authorises all persons to use material published in S&S in any manner that is not primarily intended for or directed to commerical advantage or private monetary compensation, also provided that it is not modified and retains all attribution notices.

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