States of Global Insecurity: Policy, Politics, and Society / Edition 1

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In States of Global Insecurity, Daniel Béland undertakes a comparative, historical, and political analysis of state protection and the politics of insecurity surrounding it.  By looking at four major economic, social, and environmental issues (mad cow disease, terrorism and aviation security, urban delinquency, and health care reform), the author expertly describes the political logics behind state making and the social construction of collective insecurity in the context of globalization. States of Global Insecurity can be used in a variety of courses, including introductory sociology, globalization, political sociology, social problems, social stratification, criminology, political science, and modern world history.

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What People Are Saying

Jill Quadagno
"In this interesting and provocative book, Daniel Béland shows the critical role political leaders play in constructing threats that justify expansion of state authority.... States of Global Insecurity is likely to alter profoundly the way we think about how political ideas shape our world."--(Jill Quadagno, Florida State University)
Lee Clarke
"States of Global Insecurity is a timely and important book. Accessibly written, it is a balanced and sophisticated consideration of problems of social expectations concerning risk management and state 'protection.' Others have argued that when politicians over- or under-emphasize threats they can lead people to faulty risk perceptions. Béland's treatment is broader and deeper, treating contentious and intricate matters of the politics of risk with grace and skill. The case materials are engaging and the larger lessons carefully drawn. Fear and insecurity can be real and they can be politically useful. They are always constructed. States of Global Insecurity can be used profitably in graduate and undergraduate classes. Its messages are important for us all to know."--(Lee Clarke, Rutgers University)
John Myles
"An ingenious book of the kind I most admire: analytically innovative but clear to read. . . . States of Global Insecurity builds an original theoretical framework . . . and applies it to the analysis of food security, aviation security after 9/11, health security, and crime. The novel juxtaposition of these four seemingly unrelated instances of contemporary forms of collective insecurity . . . is a unique contribution to our understanding of the politics of the 'risk society.' I look forward to test-driving States of Global Insecurity in both my graduate and undergraduate courses."--(John Myles, University of Toronto)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780716771876
  • Publisher: Worth Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/1/2007
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 156
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents


Part I: Mapping State Protection
Introduction to Part I
1. Understanding State Protection
2. The "Threat Infrastructure": Four Policy Areas
3. Globalization, Insecurity, and the State
Conclusion to Part I

Part II: Inside the Politics of Insecurity
Introduction to Part II
4. Analyzing the Politics of Insecurity
5. Mad Cow Politics
6. From Aviation Safety to Security
7. Insecurity and Electoral Competition
8. Without Health Coverage
Conclusion to Part II


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