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People, States and Fear An Agenda for International Security Studies in the Post-Cold War Era

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ISBN-10: 0955248817

ISBN-13: 9780955248818

Edition: 2nd 2007

Authors: Barry Buzan, Paul Magnette, Barry

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The second edition of this widely acclaimed book takes as its main theme the question of how states and societies pursue freedom from threat in an environment in which competitive relations are inescapable across the political, economic, military, societal and environmental landscapes. Throughout, attention is placed on the interplay of threats and vulnerabilities, the policy consequences of overemphasizing one or the other, and the existence of contradictions within and between ideas about security. Barry Buzan argues that the concept of security is a versatile, penetrating and useful way to approach the study of international relations. Security provides an analytical framework which…    
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Book details

Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: ECPR Press
Publication date: 3/1/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 318
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.386
Language: English

Rosie Campbell is lecturer in research methods at the School of Politics and Sociology, Birkbeck College, University of London. She researches gender and representation, participation and voting behaviour. She is currently involved in the British Representation Study 2005, a study of MPs and candidates their backgrounds, attitudes and experiences. Previous publications include "Gender, Ideology and Issue Preference: Is there such a Thing as a Political Women's interest in Britain?" BJPIR6:20-46, "Winning Women's Votes? The Incremental Track to Equality" with Joni Lovenduski in Parliamentary AffairsOctober 2005 and the electoral commission report "Gender and Political Participation" with…    

New Introduction by the Author
Preface to the First Edition
Preface to the Second Edition
Figures and Tables
The National Security Problem in International Relations
Security as an Underdeveloped Concept
Developments During the 1980s
The Approach of this Book
The Structure of this Book
Individual Security and National Security
Individual Security as a Societal Problem
Individual Security and the Two Faces of the State
The State as a Source of Threat
Conclusions: Individual Security and National Security
National Security and the Nature of the State
Identifying the State as an Object of Security
The Idea of the State
The Institutions of the State
The Physical Base of the State
Conclusions: Weak and Strong States
National Insecurity: Threats and Vulnerabilities
Threats and Vulnerabilities
Types of Threat by Sector
The Operation of Threats
Conclusions: The Ambiguity of Threats
Security and the International Political System
The Nature of the International Anarchy
The Character of States
The Uses and Limitations of System Structure in Security Analysis
International Society
Conclusions: Anarchy and Security
Regional Security
Filling the Gap Between State and System Levels: Security Complexes
A Brief History of Regional Security
Security Complexes as Structures: The Processes and Outcomes of Change
Conclusions: Security Complexes and Policy Analysis
Economic Security
The Nature of the International Political Economy
The Idea of Economic Security
Economic Security and the State
Economic Security and the International System
Conclusions: Prospects for the Political Economy of a Mature Anarchy
The Defence Dilemma
The Defence Dilemma Defined
The Historical Development of the Defence Dilemma
The Durability of the Defence Dilemma
Conclusions: The Defence Dilemma and Security
The Power-Security Dilemma
The Power and Security Struggles
Revisionism versus Status Quo
The Nature of Revisionism
The Military Factor
Conclusions: Can the Power-Security Dilemma be Resolved?
National and International Security: The Policy Problem
Logical Problems
Perceptual Problems
Political Problems
Conclusions: Policy-Making as Part of the National Security Problem
Concluding Thoughts on International Security Studies
Overview: The Agenda of Security
Reasons for Adopting, and Consequences of, a Broad Interpretation of Security
Implications for Policy