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The Empire of Security and the Safety of the People

1st Edition

Edited by William Bain


236 pages

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This is an accessible new examination of what ‘security’ means today, contextualizing the term amongst other key ideas, such as the nation state, diplomacy, war and autonomy.

By exploring the many differing conceptions of security, this study clearly explains how the idea of security in world affairs can be understood in relation to other ideas and points of view. It shows how, when standing alone, the word ‘security’ is meaningless, or just an empty term, when divorced from other ideas distinctive to international life. This essential new volume tackles the key questions in the debate:

  • what norms of sovereignty relate to security?
  • does security necessarily follow from the recognition of identity?
  • what sort of obligations in respect of security attach to power?
  • how far can a political arrangement of empire remedy human insecurity?
  • can trusteeship provide security in a world of legally equal sovereign states?
  • is security the guarantor of freedom?

This book is an excellent resource for students and scholars of security studies and politics and international relations.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. Security and Sovereignty: Beyond Hobbes but not as far as Kant 3. Reversing Rousseau: Ethics and Norms in Contemporary Wars 4. Great Powers and International Security 5. Security and Self-Determination 6. Empire and Security 7. Intervention: Beyond ‘Dictatorial Inteference’ 8. Globalization and Security 9. Ethnocultural Diversity as a Security Dilemma 10. Trusteeship as an Arrangement of Security

About the Editor

William Bain is Lecturer in International Relations Theory in the Department of International Politics at the University of Wales, UK.

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 / Public Policy / Social Security