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Democracy, Society and the Governance of Security


Jennifer Wood, Benoît Dupont, Clifford Shearing, Les Johnston, Peter K. Manning, Adam Crawford, Monique Marks, Andrew Goldsmith, Ian Loader, Neil Walker, Scott Burris
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  • Date Published: February 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521616423

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  • The promotion of security is no longer a state monopoly. It is dispersed and takes place through the practices of states, corporations, non-governmental actors and community-based organizations. But what do we know about the ways in which 'security' is thought about and promoted in this pluralized field of delivery? Are democratic values being advanced and protected, or threatened and compromised? Wood and Dupont bring together a team of renowned scholars to shed light on our understanding of the arrangements for contemporary security governance. Offering a 'friendly dialogue' between those who argue that democratic transformation rests in the development of strong state institutions and those who propose a more de-centered agenda, the scholars in this volume bring cutting-edge theoretical analyses to bear on empirical examples. This volume will appeal to researchers in the fields of criminology, political science, sociology and security studies.

    • Brings together young and senior scholars (world-wide) to take stock of the debates in governance of security
    • Uses theoretical analyses to enhance understanding of the 'pluralization' of this field
    • Provides many practical examples
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    • Date Published: February 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521616423
    • length: 304 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 154 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.49kg
    • contains: 1 table
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: understanding the governance of security Jennifer Wood and Benoît Dupont
    1. Reflections on the refusal to acknowledge private governments Clifford Shearing
    2. Transnational security governance Les Johnston
    3. Two case studies of American anti-terrorism Peter K. Manning
    4. Power struggles in the field of security: implications for democratic transformation Benoît Dupont
    5. Policing and security as 'club goods': the new enclosures? Adam Crawford
    6. The state, the people and democratic policing: the case of South Africa Monique Marks and Andrew Goldsmith
    7. Necessary virtues: the legitimate place of the state in the production of security Ian Loader and Neil Walker
    8. From security to health Scott Burris
    9. Research and innovation in the field of security: a nodal governance view Jennifer Wood
    Conclusion: the future of democracy Benoît Dupont and Jennifer Wood.

  • Editors

    Jennifer Wood, Australian National University, Canberra
    Jennifer Wood is a Research Fellow at Security 21: International Centre for Security and Justice within the Regulatory Institutions Network, Australian National University. She also functions as the Canadian Coordinator of the Project for Safe and Just Communities in Argentina.

    Benoît Dupont, Université de Montréal
    Benoît Dupont is Assistant Professor of Criminology at the Université de Montréal, Quebec. He is the author of Construction et Réforme d'une Police: Le Cas Australien (2003) and co-editor, with Mike Enders, of Policing the Lucky Country (2001).


    Jennifer Wood, Benoît Dupont, Clifford Shearing, Les Johnston, Peter K. Manning, Adam Crawford, Monique Marks, Andrew Goldsmith, Ian Loader, Neil Walker, Scott Burris

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