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Governing Borderless Threats
Non-Traditional Security and the Politics of State Transformation

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  • Date Published: February 2017
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107527621

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  • 'Non-traditional' security problems like pandemic diseases, climate change and terrorism now pervade the global agenda. Many argue that sovereign state-based governance is no longer adequate, demanding and constructing new approaches to manage border-spanning threats. Drawing on critical literature in political science, political geography and political economy, this is the first book that systematically explains the outcomes of these efforts. It shows that transboundary security challenges are primarily governed not through supranational organisations, but by transforming state apparatuses and integrating them into multilevel, regional or global regulatory governance networks. The socio-political contestation shaping this process determines the form, content and operation of transnational security governance regimes. Using three in-depth case studies - environmental degradation, pandemic disease, and transnational crime - this innovative book integrates global governance and international security studies, and identifies the political and normative implications of non-traditional security governance, providing insights for scholars and policymakers alike.

    • The first book on the politics and governance of non-traditional security, giving readers a systematic explanation of how these critical issues are managed in practice
    • Advances a new understanding of transnational/global governance as state transformation and explores its political implications
    • Includes three in-depth case studies, focused mainly in Southeast Asia, around environmental degradation, infectious disease and organised crime/terrorist financing, using extensive fieldwork research
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "Many of today's major global challenges  - natural disasters, climate change, organized crime, capital flight - defy conventional intellectual frameworks. This book brilliantly demonstrates the mismatch using SE Asian cases and shows us how to move beyond it."
    John Agnew, University of California, Los Angeles

    "Combining innovative theoretical work with detailed empirical research, Hameiri and Jones make a significant and timely contribution to the study of security governance."
    Columba Peoples, University of Bristol

    "Security underpins a wide range of public goods traditionally the province of states. Today, security challenges are increasingly complex and transboundary, transforming and rescaling governance. Governing Borderless Threats reframes these issues in cutting-edge ways both empirically and theoretically."
    Philip G. Cerny, University of Manchester and Rutgers University

    "Offering an innovative theoretical perspective, this highly readable book shows how the global governance of transnational security threats is contingent on local power struggles over the rescaling of the state."
    Rita Abrahamsen, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Ottawa

    "Admirable … highly welcome … clear, intelligent and articulate … The literature review is exemplary … and the theoretical framework is backed by a convincing range of interlocking and substantial arguments … a model example of how to construct a monograph-length study and how to carry it out in an elegant style. I readily recommend it to … [scholars] interested in the governance dynamics surrounding new kinds of security threats."
    Mark Rhinard, Public Administration

    '[Governing Borderless Threats] focuses on ‘security governance’, a theme often neglected in scholarly work on new security issues. … This volume’s great strength is in the detailed case studies that look in depth at the practical arrangements.' Simon Dalby, Academic Council of the United Nations System (

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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 2017
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107527621
    • length: 286 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 151 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.42kg
    • contains: 4 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Theory:
    1. Security and governance: existing approaches
    2. The state transformation approach
    Part II. Case Studies:
    3. Governing transboundary pollution: Southeast Asia's haze
    4. Governing infectious disease: H5N1 avian influenza in Southeast Asia
    5. Governing transnational crime: securitisation and the global anti-money-laundering regime.

  • Authors

    Lee Jones, Queen Mary University of London
    Shahar Hameiri is senior lecturer in international politics and research fellow at the Asia Research Centre in the School of Management and Governance at Murdoch University, Western Australia. He is the author of Regulating Statehood: State Transformation and the Changing Global Order (2010).

    Shahar Hameiri, Murdoch University, Western Australia
    Lee Jones is Senior Lecturer in the School of Politics and International Relations at Queen Mary, University of London, and Research Associate in the Asia Research Centre at Murdoch University, Australia. He is the author of ASEAN, Sovereignty and Intervention in Southeast Asia (2012).

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