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The two faces of security in hybrid political orders: a framework for analysis and research

Luckham, Robin and Kirk, Thomas (2013) The two faces of security in hybrid political orders: a framework for analysis and research. Stability: International Journal of Security and Development, 2 (2). ISSN 2165-2627

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This paper reframes the security and development debate through fresh theoretical lenses, which view security as highly contested both in the realm of politics and in the realm of ideas. For some analysts security concerns political power, including the use of organised force to establish and maintain social orders and to protect them from external and internal threats. For others it is about how individuals and communities are protected (or protect themselves) from violence, abuse of power and other existential risks. We integrate both approaches whilst placing our focus on the deep tensions between them. Combining them is especially apposite in the hybrid political orders of conflict-torn regions in the developing world – where the state and its monopoly of violence are contested and diverse state and non-state security actors coexist, collaborate or compete.

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Additional Information: © 2013 The Authors.
Divisions: International Development
Justice and Security Research Programme
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
Date Deposited: 05 Sep 2013 09:06
Last Modified: 25 Feb 2024 06:51
Funders: Department for International Development (DFID)

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