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Understanding Global Security

4th Edition

By Peter Hough

Routledge

320 pages | 17 Color Illus. | 1 B/W Illus.

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Fully revised to incorporate recent developments, this fourth edition of Understanding Global Security analyses the variety of ways in which people's lives are threatened and/or secured in contemporary global politics. The traditional focus of Security Studies texts: war, deterrence and terrorism, are analysed alongside non-military security issues such as famine, crime, disease, disasters, environmental degradation and human rights abuses to provide a comprehensive survey of how and why people are killed in the contemporary world.

This new edition features:

  • Greater coverage of the evolving theoretical literature on security, including more analysis of critical theory perspectives and emerging schools of thought.
  • Reflections on recent developments in the conflicts in Syria and Ukraine.
  • New data and cases on poverty, hunger and depression and greater analysis of the social and political implications of the prolonged period of stagnation the global economy has gone through.
  • New content reflecting the recent resurgence in populist nationalism evident in the election of Trump in the USA, the UK’s exit from the EU and the authoritarian turn taken in many countries.
  • Analysis of the 2015 Paris climate change treaty and the international responses to recent pandemics such as Ebola and Zika
  • A new section has been included on suicide, plugging a gap evident in the earlier editions.

User-friendly and easy to follow, this highly acclaimed and popular academic textbook is designed to make a complex subject accessible to all and will continue to be essential reading for everyone interested in security.

Reviews

"This welcome fourth edition of the classic text on global security provides a lively and incisive update on recent developments. The book is a substantive, magisterial and unrivalled tour de force of the many different dimensions of security in twenty-first century international politics. Dr Hough’s work remains as topical and relevant as ever." - Professor David Humphreys, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, The Open University, UK.

"Peter Hough's book is one of the most comprehensive and useful in the increasingly crowded field of 'global security'. Hough's book is clearly written, providing a good balance between theory and practice. Students studying the issues will find it a very useful source." - Jeffrey Haynes, London Metropolitan University, UK.

Table of Contents

1. Security and securitization

Defining security

The international political agenda

The securitization of issues

Conclusions

Key points

Recommended reading

Useful web links

 

2. Military threats to security from states

Is war inevitable?

Prelude to the present order

A New World Order?

Liberal Perspectives on the New World Order

Realist Perspectives on the New World Order

Marxist Perspectives on the New World Order

Social Constructivist Perspectives on the New World Order

An end to ‘high politics’?

Conclusions

Key points

Recommended reading

Useful web links

 

3. Threats to security from non-state actors

One man’s terrorist….

Types of violent political non-state actors

The rise of political non-state violence

Responses to non-state violence

Conclusions: Can political non-state violence be defeated?

Key points

Recommended reading

Useful web links

 

4. Economic threats to security

Economist Insecurity

Famine

Hunger

Depression

Economic statecraft

Achieving global economic security

Key points

Recommended reading

Useful web links

5. Identity, society and insecurity

Security and society

Forms of violent discrimination

Securing the individual- the global politics of human rights

Universalism versus cultural relativism

Key points

Recommended reading

Useful web links

 

6. Environmental threats to security

Introduction

The rise of environmental issues in global politics

Environmental securitization in theory

Environmental securitization in practice

Evaluating environmental securitization

Key points

Recommended reading

Useful web links

 

7. Health threats to security

The globalization of ill-health

The development of global health policy

The state securitization of health

The human securitization of health

The globalization of heath security

Key points

Recommended reading

Useful web links

 

8. Natural threats to security

Natural disasters

The rise of human vulnerability to nature

Preparing for the unexpected- the global politics of natural disaster management

Conclusions

Key points

Recommended reading

Useful web links

 

9. Accidental threats to security

Accidents will happen? The nature of man-made accidents

The collateral damage of industrialization? The rise of accidental threats.

Securing those at risk in the world- international policy on accidents.

Conclusions

Key points

Recommended reading

Useful web links

 

10. Criminal threats to security

Introduction

Global crime in historical context

Webs of deceit: the rise of transnational crime

Global crime fighting

Conclusions

Key points

Recommended reading

Useful web links

 

11. Towards global security

Thinking global: integration theories and global politics

Acting global: global solutions to global problems

Conclusions

Key points

Recommended reading

Useful web links

About the Author

Peter Hough lectures in International Relations and heads up this subject at Middlesex University.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POL000000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / General
POL011000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
POL012000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / International Security
SOC000000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / General