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National, European and Human Security
From Co-Existence to Convergence

ISBN 9781138109827
Published June 16, 2017 by Routledge
192 Pages

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Book Description

This book examines how national security strategies relate to an emerging common European or global vision of security, and to human security ideas.

Human security and national security are often regarded as competing and mutually antagonistic; the former was proposed and has been operationalised in ways which represent a paradigm shift away from state-centric approaches and the dominance of national-security perspectives. This has led to human security being associated with a broadening of the security agenda to encompass not only physical security, the use of force and military capabilities, but also the provision of material well-being and dignity to vulnerable communities.

This edited volume seeks to identify key concepts and themes in the national discourse of several European countries, addressing security at a meta-narrative and conceptual level, illustrating the changes taking place in approaches to security, and in particular, mapping moves away from a paradigm of ‘national security’ to one which might be called ‘human security’. It also enables an assessment of whether national security is currently converging at either European or global levels.

This book will be of much interest to students of human security, European politics, discourse analysis, war and conflict studies, and IR/security studies in general.

Table of Contents

Introduction, Mary Martin, Mary Kaldor and Narcis Serra  1. French Security Policy: A Human Security Perspective, Geneviève Schméder  2. Past Present: The Development Of German Security Strategy After The Cold War, Thomas Bauer  3. A ‘Force For Good’? British National Security And Human Security In An Age Of Counter-Terrorism, Natasha Marhia and Chloe Davies  4. Spain’s National Security Strategy From A Human Security Perspective: Getting Close But Not That Close, Gemma Collantes-Celador  5. Swedish Security Strategy In The Twenty-First Century: What Role For Human Security?, Arita Holmberg  6. The Hidden Human Security Dimension Of The Czech Security Policy, Miloš Balabán, Antonín Rašek and Libor Stejskal  7. Human Security As A ‘Floating Signifier’: Russia’s Re-Interpretation Of The Concept, Andrey S.Makarychev


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Mary Martin is a Senior Research Fellow at the Department of International Development, London School of Economics.  

Mary Kaldor is Professor of Global Governance and director of the Civil Society and Human Security Research Unit, at the London School of Economics. 

Narcís Serra is the Chairman of the Institut Barcelona d'Estudis Internacionals (IBEI).