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People, States and Fear (häftad)

People, States and Fear

An Agenda for International Security Studies in the Post-Cold War Era

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The second edition of this widely acclaimed book takes as its main theme the question of how states and societies pursue freedom from threat in an environment in which competitive relations are inescapable across the political, economic, military, societal and environmental landscapes. Throughout, attention is placed on the interplay of threats and vulnerabilities, the policy consequences of overemphasizing one or the other, and the existence of contradictions within and between ideas about security. Barry Buzan argues that the concept of security is a versatile, penetrating and useful way to approach the study of international relations. Security provides an analytical framework which stands between the extremes of power and peace, incorporates most of their insights and adds more of its own.
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Barry Buzan is a Professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science, and honorary professor at the University of Copenhagen. He has published and broadcast extensively in the field of international relations. He was Chairman of the British International Studies Association 1988-90, Vice-President of the (North American) International Studies Association 1993--4, and founding Secretary of the International Coordinating Committee 1994--8. Since 1999 he has been the general coordinator of a project to reconvene the English school of International Relations, and from 2004 he is editor of the European Journal of International Relations. In 1998 he was elected a fellow of the British Academy, and in 2001 he was elected as an Academician of the Association of Learned Societies in the Social Sciences.


contents New Introduction by the Author Preface to the First Edition Preface to the Second Edition Figures and Tables Introduction The National Security Problem in International Relations Security as an Underdeveloped Concept Developments During the 1980s The Approach of this Book The Structure of this Book Chapter 1 Individual Security and National Security Individual Security as a Societal Problem Individual Security and the Two Faces of the State The State as a Source of Threat Conclusions: Individual Security and National Security Chapter 2 National Security and the Nature of the State Identifying the State as an Object of Security The Idea of the State The Institutions of the State The Physical Base of the State Conclusions: Weak and Strong States Chapter 3 National Insecurity: Threats and Vulnerabilities Threats and Vulnerabilities Types of Threat by Sector The Operation of Threats Conclusions: The Ambiguity of Threats Chapter 4 Security and the International Political System The Nature of the International Anarchy The Character of States The Uses and Limitations of System Structure in Security Analysis International Society Conclusions: Anarchy and Security Chapter 5 Regional Security Filling the Gap Between State and System Levels: Security Complexes A Brief History of Regional Security Security Complexes as Structures: The Processes and Outcomes of Change Conclusions: Security Complexes and Policy Analysis Chapter 6 Economic Security The Nature of the International Political Economy The Idea of Economic Security Economic Security and the State Economic Security and the International System Conclusions: Prospects for the Political Economy of a Mature Anarchy Chapter 7 The Defence Dilemma The Defence Dilemma Defined The Historical Development of the Defence Dilemma The Durability of the Defence Dilemma Conclusions: The Defence Dilemma and Security Chapter 8 The Power-Security Dilemma The Power and Security Struggles Revisionism versus Status Quo The Nature of Revisionism The Military Factor Conclusions: Can the Power-Security Dilemma be Resolved? Chapter 9 National and International Security: The Policy Problem Logical Problems Perceptual Problems Political Problems Conclusions: Policy-Making as Part of the National Security Problem Chapter 10 Concluding Thoughts on International Security Studies Overview: The Agenda of Security Reasons for Adopting, and Consequences of, a Broad Interpretation of Security Implications for Policy Index