A Research-Based Introduction
Edited By Alexander Siedschlag
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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