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Corporate Risk and National Security Redefined

1st Edition

By Karen Lund Petersen


158 pages | 3 B/W Illus.

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Contemporary security policy is no longer a matter of protecting borders or fighting an identified foreign enemy. With counterterrorism high on the security agenda, private citizens and companies have all come to be seen as central to the aim of providing security.

Situated within the debate on terrorism risk and security, Corporate Risk and National Security Redefined offers a detailed analysis of the role of private companies in American and Danish counter-terrorism policies. The book shows that a ‘responsibilization strategy’ is central to both the American and Danish security policy – a strategy which tends to portray security as a ‘duty’ rather than the ‘right’ that it traditionally has been considered as. The study however finds that such strategies have been received very differently in the business communities of the two countries.

The book brings the corporate understandings of the relation between corporate risk and national security to the fore, and let the reader in on a constant conceptual battle and negotiation on the meaning of national security and corporate risk.

Corporate Risk and National Security Redefined will be of interest to students and scholars of international relations, critical security, business and terrorism.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. Risk Studies: Defining a Place for Politics? 3. Studying Concepts of Risk and Security 4. Counterterrorism in Denmark: A Welfare State Approach to Private Security? 5. Counterterrorism in the United States: A Liberal Approach to Counterterrorism? 6. Conclusions: Political and Private Responsibility and Authority Redefined

About the Author

Karen Lund Petersen is Researcher and Deputy Director at the Centre for Advanced Security Theory, Department of Political Science, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

About the Series

Routledge Advances in International Relations and Global Politics

International relations is a rapidly changing area of research, reacting to and anticipating an ever more integrated and globalised world. This series aims to publish the best new work in the field of international relations, and of politics more generally. Books in the series challenge existing empirical and normative theories, and advance new paradigms as well as presenting significant new research.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / Terrorism