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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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Homeland and Civil Security Research Studies for an Evolving Mission Space: Introduction and Overview of Chapters



Studying Homeland Security—How to Know It When You See It

This book offers a research-based introduction to cross-disciplinary perspectives on homeland and civil security, rooted in two basic assumptions: the scholastic assumption that the paradigm of civil security research provides an insightful framework of analysis for homeland security; and the pragmatic assumption that policies, strategies, and programs for homeland security are a subset of a broader effort to ensure civil security, an effort not geographically, culturally, or functionally bound. Homeland security is about risk management in a dynamic all-hazards context that defines its evolving mission space. This does not mean that its objective is to address all and any hazards that might emerge. Policies and strategies in the U.S. and elsewhere have pointed out that in order to be effective (and affordable), homeland security needs to be selective, focusing on “the greatest risks” to security,1 or on those that are responsive to our strategies and technological tools.2 If the risk-informed approach to prioritizing civil security efforts and resources is followed consistently, we may see practices as well as political and institutional designations change over time because the definition of, and response to, risk is not only evidence based, but also culturally driven.3 Thus, security is neither implementation of the obvious nor ontological, but an ongoing controversy. A cross-disciplinary perspective is essential for an actionable, balanced view.

This points us to the classic debate about the extent to which...

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