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A New Framework for Analysis


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Security by Barry Buzan

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Two schools of thought now exist in security studies: traditionalists want to restrict the subject to politico-military issues; while wideners want to extend it to the economic, societal and environmental sectors. This book sets out a comprehensive statement of the new security studies, establishing the case for the broader agenda. The authors argue that security is a particular type of politics applicable to a wide range of issues. Answering the traditionalists charge that this model makes the subject incoherent, they offer a constructivist operational method for distinguishing the process of securitization from that of politicization. Their approach incorporates the traditionalist agenda and dissolves the artificial boundary between security studies and international political economy, opening the way for a fruitful interplay between the two fields. It also shows how the theory of regional security complexes remains relevant in today's world.

Author Biography

Barry Buzan is Montague Burton professor of international relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science. His numerous publications include People, States, and Fear: The National Security Problem in International Relations and (with Ole Waever et al.) Identity, Migration, and the New Security Agenda in Europe. Ole Waever is professor of international relations and world politics at the University of Groningen. He is author (with Pim den Boer and Peter Brugge) of The History of the European Idea. Jaap de Wilde is lecturer in international relations at the University of Twente (the Netherlands). He is author of Saved from Oblivion: Interdependence Theory in the First Half of the 20th Century and editor (with Hakan Wiberg) of Organized Anarchy: The Role of States and Intergovernmental Organizations.
Release date NZ
September 30th, 1997
Country of Publication
United States
Lynne Rienner Publishers Inc
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