National Security Cultures: Patterns of Global Governance

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 7/21/2010
  • Publisher: Routledge

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This edited collection examines changes in national security culture in the wake of international events that have threatened regional or global order, and analyses the effects of these divergent responses on international security.ăTracing the links between national security cultures and preferred forms of security governance the work provides a systematic account of perceived security threats and the preferred methods of response with individual chapters on Canada, China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, UK and USA. Each chapter is written to a common template exploring the role of national security cultures in shaping national responses to the four domains of security governance: prevention, assurance, protection and compellence. The volume provides an analytically coherent framework evaluating whether cooperation in security governance is likely to increase among major states, and if so, the extent to which this will follow either regional or global arrangements.ăBy combining a theoretical framework with strong comparative case studies this volume contributes to the ongoing reconceptualization of security and definition of threat and provides a basis for reaching tentative conclusions about the prospects for global and regional security governance in the early 21 st century. This makes it ideal reading for all students and policymakers with an interest in global security and comparative foreign and security policy.

Author Biography

Emil J. Kirchner is Professor of European Studies and Jean Monnet Chair at the University of Essex, UK. James Sperling is Professor of Political Science at the University of Akron, Ohio, USA.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsp. ix
List of contributorsp. xiii
Prefacep. xvi
Acknowledgementsp. xix
List of abbreviationsp. xx
National security cultures, technologies of public goods supply and security governancep. 1
Europep. 19
France: a departure from exceptionalism?p. 21
Germany: the continuity of changep. 43
Italy: hard tests and soft responsesp. 66
United Kingdom: how much continuity? How much change?p. 85
European Union: moving towards a European security culture?p. 103
North Americap. 125
Canada: facing up to regional security challengesp. 127
Mexico: current and future security challengesp. 152
United States: a full spectrum contributor to governance?p. 172
Eurasiap. 211
China: power, complementarity and reflexivityp. 213
Japan: from deterrence to preventionp. 245
Russia: a global power?p. 265
Conclusion: structure, agency and the barriers to global security governancep. 287
Indexp. 303
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