1st Edition

Global Security Governance Competing Perceptions of Security in the Twenty-First Century

Edited By Emil J. Kirchner, James Sperling Copyright 2007
    312 Pages
    by Routledge

    312 Pages
    by Routledge

    This book demarcates the barriers and pathways to major power security cooperation and provides an empirical analysis of threat perception among the world’s major powers.

    Divided into three parts, Emil Kirchner and James Sperling use a common analytical framework for the changing security agenda in Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Russian Federation, the United States, the United Kingdom, and the EU. Each chapter features:

    • an examination of national ‘exceptionalism’ that accounts for foreign and security policy idiosyncrasies
    • definitions of the range of threats preoccupying the government, foreign policy elites and the public
    • assessments of the institutional and instrumental preferences shaping national security policies
    • investigations on the allocation of resources between the various categories of security expenditure
    • details on the elements of the national security culture and its consequences for security cooperation.

    Global Security Governance combines a coherent theoretical framework with strong comparative case studies, making it ideal reading for all students of security studies.

    Introduction  1. Regional and Global Security: Changing Threats and Institutional Responses  Part 1: Europe  2. France: Between Exceptionalism and Orthodoxy  3. Germany: From a Reluctant Power to a Constructive Power?  4. Italy: New Ambitions and Old Deficiencies  5. United Kingdom: Punching above its Weight  6. European Union: The European Security Strategy versus National Preferences  Part 2: North America  7. Canada: Taking Security Seriously after 11 September?  8. United States: The Unrelenting Search for an Existential Threat in the Twenty-First Century  Part 3: Eurasia  9. China: Security Cooperation with Reservations  10. Japan: Recasting the Post-War Security Consensus  11. Russia: Struggling for Dignity  Conclusion  12. Regional or Global Security Cooperation? The Vertices of Conflict and Interstices of Cooperation


    Emil Kirchner is Jean Monnet Professor of European Integration at the University of Essex. He is Associate Editor of the Journal of European Integration.

    James Sperling is Professor of Political Science at the University of Akron, Texas, USA.


    'Global Security Governance is a distinct contribution to our understanding of international security cooperation in the contemporary world. Using a common framework, 12 excellent surveys examine national perceptions of security threats, institutional and instrumental preferences over policy, and the allocation of security resources. Integrating these essays, the editors insightfully probe the potentials and pitfalls for global and regional security governance. This thoughtful volume will be of interest to scholars of international relations and policy makers alike.' - David A. Lake, University of California, USA

    'Global Security Governance makes an important and timely contribution to the ongoing debate about the nature and scope of security in the 21st century. The individual country-study chapters, disciplined by a common grid, represent an exemplary example of comparative foreign policy analysis. This empirically grounded and theoretically informed collection deserves a wide readership among practitioners and scholars alike.' - Antonio Missiroli, European Policy Centre, Brussels

    'This book contributes a most valuable novel approach to security studies and significantly adds to our knowledge of contemporary security threats.' - Knud Erik Jørgensen, Århus University, Denmark