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Security as Politics: Beyond the State of Exception

Andrew W. Neal


This book argues that while ‘security’ was once an anti-political ‘exception’ in liberal democracies – a black box of secret intelligence and military decision-making at the dark heart of the state – it has now become normalised in professional political life. This represents a direct challenge to critical security studies and securitisation debates and their core assumption that security is a kind of illiberal and undemocratic ‘anti-politics’. The book investigates security from the perspective of professional political practice - historically, sociologically and theoretically. Using an exten ... More

Keywords: Security, Politics, Parliament, Politicians, United Kingdom, Securitisation, state of exception, critical security studies

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781474450928
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474450928.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrew W. Neal, author
University of Edinburgh