Networks as sets of autonomous organisations working together to achieve individual and shared goals are becoming increasingly important across many areas of public administration. The importance of networks is well known but most analysts would agree that we do not know enough about the dynamics and effectiveness of networks in relation to their internal operations. This is a significant problem as security, intelligence, law enforcement and many other agencies are increasingly required to organise in and through networks to provide national security. In this comprehensive analysis, Chad Whelan presents a highly innovative, qualitative study of networks in the field of national security. Developing our understanding of 'organisational networks' in organisational theory, management and public administration, and 'security networks' in criminology and international relations, he presents a multi-disciplinary analysis of network forms of organisation. Whelan puts forward a methodological framework involving five levels of analysis - structural, cultural, policy, technological and relational - with which we can better analyse and understand the dynamics and effectiveness of networks. This framework is applied to public sector networks operating in the field of counter-terrorism in Australia in a way that is highly relevant to researchers and practitioners in many contexts where government departments and agencies, and the private sector, need to work together. Networks and National Security: Dynamics, Effectiveness and Organisation not only advances our knowledge of networks and national security but also assists with the essential tasks of evaluating and managing networks. Written in a clear and accessible style and featuring a wealth of first-hand accounts concerning the inside operations of networks, this book deals with the crucial subject of inter-agency coordination in the important field of national security.
'The importance of both micro- and macro-level networks to the organisation and operation of the business of national security has only recently begun to be widely appreciated. This book provides an outstanding analysis of the dynamics and effectiveness of security networks that will fascinate scholars and practitioners alike. An original contribution that will provoke further research.' Grant Wardlaw, Australian National University, Australia 'Security networks are notoriously hard to study. This book provides one of the first comprehensive empirical accounts of their structure, culture and effectiveness in a national security context. By systematically examining the multiple dimensions that influence their operations, it considerably enhances the conceptual toolbox needed to understand these complex organisational arrangements.' Benoit Dupont, Université de Montréal, Canada