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Controlling dissent through security in contemporary Spain

This chapter documents how Spanish governments between 1999 and 2016 responded to youth dissent. A genealogy of statecraft in the period reveals the expansion of the state’s power to control conflict. By extending the reach of criminal law, surveillance of public spaces and other sources of repression, including counter radicalisation, the Spanish case shows the convergence of counterterrorism and public order strategies to expand its power in order to regulate social life. This process has been shaped by legacies that are specific to the Spanish case, while also including contemporary international tendencies to control and maintain surveillance of youth politics.