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People, States and Fear

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

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This widely acclaimed book examines 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 overemphasising 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 between the extremes of power and peace, incorporates most of their insights - and adds more of its own. People, States & Fearis essential reading for all students and researchers of international politics and security studies. 25th Anniversary Edition: A new introduction, placing this classic text in a current context, was added to this book by the author in 2007.
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Barry Buzan is a Professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics, and honorary professor at the University of Copenhagen. He has published and broadcast extensively in the field of international relations. He took his first degree at the University of British Columbia (1968), and his doctorate at the London School of Economics (1973). From 1988 to 2002 he was Project Director at the Copenhagen Peace Research Institute (COPRI). From 1995 to 2002 he was research Professor of International Studies at the University of Westminster, and before that Professor of International Studies at the University of Warwick. During 1993 he was visiting professor at the International University of Japan, and in 1997-8 he was Olof Palme Visiting Professor in Sweden. 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 Studies 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 1 Preface to the First Edition 17 Preface to the Second Edition 19 Figures and Tables 23 Introduction 25 The National Security Problem in International Relations 25 Security as an Underdeveloped Concept 26 Developments During the 1980s 32 The Approach of this Book 34 The Structure of this Book 42 Chapter 1 Individual Security and National Security 49 Individual Security as a Societal Problem 49 Individual Security and the Two Faces of the State 52 The State as a Source of Threat 55 Conclusions: Individual Security and National Security 59 Chapter 2 National Security and the Nature of the State 65 Identifying the State as an Object of Security 65 The Idea of the State 74 The Institutions of the State 83 The Physical Base of the State 88 Conclusions: Weak and Strong States 92 Chapter 3 National Insecurity: Threats and Vulnerabilities 104 Threats and Vulnerabilities 104 Types of Threat by Sector 107 The Operation of Threats 119 Conclusions: The Ambiguity of Threats 124 Chapter 4 Security and the International Political System 128 The Nature of the International Anarchy 128 The Character of States 133 The Uses and Limitations of System Structure in Security Analysis 138 International Society 142 Conclusions: Anarchy and Security 148 Chapter 5 Regional Security 157 Filling the Gap Between State and System Levels: Security Complexes 157 A Brief History of Regional Security 168 Security Complexes as Structures: The Processes and Outcomes of Change 173 Conclusions: Security Complexes and Policy Analysis 182 Chapter 6 Economic Security 189 The Nature of the International Political Economy 189 The Idea of Economic Security 192 Economic Security and the State 197 Economic Security and the International System 202 Conclusions: Prospects for the Political Economy of a Mature Anarchy 210 Chapter 7 The Defence Dilemma 217 The Defence Dilemma Defined 218 The Historical Development of the Defence Dilemma 221 The Durability of the Defence Dilemma 228 Conclusions: The Defence Dilemma and Security 230 Chapter 8 The Power-Security Dilemma 234 The Power and Security Struggles 234 Revisionism versus Status Quo 237 The Nature of Revisionism 241 The Military Factor 246 Conclusions: Can the Power-Security Dilemma be Resolved? 252 Chapter 9 National and International Security: The Policy Problem 258 Logical Problems 259 Perceptual Problems 269 Political Problems 272 Conclusions: Policy-Making as Part of the National Security Problem 277 Chapter 10 Concluding Thoughts on International Security Studies 283 Overview: The Agenda of Security 283 Reasons for Adopting, and Consequences of, a Broad Interpretation of Security 287 Implications for Policy 291 Index 297