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Cross-disciplinary Perspectives on Homeland and Civil Security

A Research-Based Introduction

Edited By Alexander Siedschlag

This uniquely composed textbook provides a cross-disciplinary introduction to the field of homeland and civil security. It unites U.S. and international scholars and practitioners in addressing both foundational topics and risk- informed priorities in fostering secure societies. The book examines research-related foundations of homeland and civil security across national boundaries, and how those apply to addressing real-world challenges of our time. Representing different disciplines, intellectual styles, and methodological choices in meeting those challenges, chapters provide a comprehensive perspective across different approaches and levels of governance within an all-hazards framework. The book covers international experiences in border management; intelligence for homeland security; comparative political and legal frameworks for use of «drones»; risk management at the tribal level; terrorism as a strategic hybrid threat; critical infrastructure protection and resilience; historical lessons for emergency management in the homeland security era; the leadership challenge in homeland security; ethics, legal, and social issues in homeland and civil security research and practice; and examples of the scientific status of the field from the epistemic as well as the educational point of view. Including a research guide, a glossary, a bibliography, and an index, the book will be of distinctive worth to homeland security students in graduate courses, as well as to an international student community taking courses in political science, public administration, «new security studies», and security research.
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10 Ethical, Legal, and Social Issues (ELSI) in Homeland and Civil Security Research and the European Union Approach




Ethical, Legal, and Social Issues (ELSI) in Homeland and Civil Security Research and the European Union Approach



In this chapter, we introduce the main ethical, legal, and social issues that arise in connection with homeland and civil security research anywhere, and the methods used in the European Union to address them. In the first section, we discuss some of the challenges for governments that arise from the need to balance liberty and security in the face of threats from crime and from emergencies. In the second section, we consider the ethics of setting the security research agenda, research ethics for homeland security, and specific ethical, legal, and social issues arising with the use and export of security technologies. In the third section, we introduce some of the technical and regulatory means used to address the ethical, legal, and social concerns raised in the second section, including privacy by design, national oversight mechanisms, training, codes of conduct, and export and licensing regulations. Finally, in the fourth section we provide an overview of the European Union’s approach to incorporating ethical, legal, and social concerns into the security research process. ← 177 | 178 →

Balancing Liberty and Security

States have duties to protect the security of citizens. They also have duties to guarantee citizens’ rights and freedoms. Basic rights are stated in both international and domestic constitutional law. Basic rights are usually...

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