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