The Homeland Security Dilemma: Fear, Failure and the Future of American Insecurity, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

The Homeland Security Dilemma

Fear, Failure and the Future of American Insecurity, 1st Edition

By Frank P. Harvey


286 pages

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This book explores the paradox of the ‘security dilemma’ in International Relations, as applied to the post-9/11 context of homeland security.

The book's central argument can be summed up by the following counterintuitive thesis: the more security you have, the more security you will need. It argues that enhancing security does not make terrorism more likely, but rather it raises public expectations and amplifies public outrage after subsequent failures. The book contests that this dilemma will continue to shape American, Canadian and British domestic and international security priorities for decades. In exploring the key policy implications resulting from this, the book highlights the difficulty in finding a solution to this paradox, as the most rational and logical policy options are part of the problem.

This book will be of interest to students of Homeland Security, Security Studies, US politics, and IR in general.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Origins of Homeland Security Dilemma 1. Rising Public Expectations and Higher Standards for Measuring Performance 2. The Power and Triumph of Failure 3. Public Imagination and Probability Neglect 4. Political Imagination and Motivation 5. Declining Support for Sacrificing Civil Liberties 6. Multilateral Failures and the HSD 7. Homeland Security Dilemma and Political Motivations 8. Revisiting the Overblown Thesis: Logical, Empirical and Theoretical Problems 9. Non-Falsifiability of Overblown Theory 10. Weak Theories Lead to Simple (mistaken) Solutions 11. Conclusion: The Homeland Security Dilemma and the Future

About the Author

Frank P. Harvey is a Fulbright Scholar and held the 2007 J. William Fulbright Distinguished Research Chair in Canadian Studies (State University of New York, Plattsburgh). He is Professor of International Relations and former Director of the Centre for Foreign Policy Studies at Dalhousie University.

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Contemporary Security Studies

This series focuses on new research across the spectrum of international peace and security, in an era where each year throws up multiple examples of conflicts that present new security challenges in the world around them.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Military / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / International Security