Cutting off the kings's head: security and normative order beyond the state

Wilson, Lee and Bakker, Laurens (2016) Cutting off the kings's head: security and normative order beyond the state. Conflict, Security and Development, 16 4: 289-300. doi:10.1080/14678802.2016.1200311

Author Wilson, Lee
Bakker, Laurens
Title Cutting off the kings's head: security and normative order beyond the state
Journal name Conflict, Security and Development   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1478-1174
Publication date 2016-08-12
Year available 2016
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/14678802.2016.1200311
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 16
Issue 4
Start page 289
End page 300
Total pages 12
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2017
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Central to the ‘liberal political tradition’ is the legitimacy of violence enacted by the state. While, since the Cold War, the horizons of security have broadened beyond the national boundaries of states, the sovereign state acting as the principal security agent remains the central tenet of the modern world order. Yet in much of the contemporary world, if the provision of security were ever the sole preserve of states this is no longer the case. This article, and the others gathered here that it acts as a preamble to, argue that there is a pressing need for greater comprehension of the complexities and dynamics of power relations through which security and justice are enacted. It briefly considers other conceptual and theoretical frameworks better suited to model these relations in ways that do not proceed simply from normative, global assumptions as to the forms that these relations should take. It concludes by stressing the necessity for grounded, empirical study of the everyday practices of security arrangements and actors in the contemporary world.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Created: Thu, 07 Jul 2016, 00:15:52 EST by Lee Wilson on behalf of School of Political Science & Internat'l Studies