The fantastic social world of human security through global governance

Weber, Martin (2013). The fantastic social world of human security through global governance. In Mustapha Kamal Pasha (Ed.), Globalization, difference, and human security (pp. 129-139) Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom: Routledge.

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Author Weber, Martin
Title of chapter The fantastic social world of human security through global governance
Title of book Globalization, difference, and human security
Place of Publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Publication Year 2013
Sub-type Research book chapter (original research)
Series Interventions
ISBN 9780415706551
Editor Mustapha Kamal Pasha
Chapter number 10
Start page 129
End page 139
Total pages 11
Total chapters 12
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
Martin Weber revisits the ‘egalitarian’ underpinnings of human security’s as seen in ‘Global Public Goods’ (GPG) approach presumably to respond to the political economic dimensions of the vision of development associated with human security. Using the example of Global Health Governance and responses to HIV/AIDS, Weber shows that the GPG suffers from what can be called a ‘coherence’ problem, and from a highly problematic commitment to ‘output legitimacy’: by constructing (more or less non-controversial) goals, the GPG approach renders on the one hand the means by which these are pursued secondary or irrelevant, while on the other hand cementing a conceptual inability to consider that measures it promotes under different goals may be in direct contradiction with one another. Martin Weber’s analysis of GPG shows the potential risk of applying analytically dubious concepts in the service of human security. A key aspect of the risk is the relegation of politics to governmentality. The growing trend in the direction of managerial governance underscores the depoliticizing character of global public policy with institutional backing of major global players. The example of GPG, hence, may not be an isolated one. Only by a ‘return’ to politics, on Martin Weber’s reading, can the agenda of critical human security be reinvigorated.
Keyword Human security
Q-Index Code B1
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Institutional Status UQ

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