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Security Governance: making the concept fit for the analysis of a multipolar, global and regionalized world


  • Michela Ceccorulli
  • Sonia Lucarelli


Recently introduced in the academic and political debate, the concept of “security governance” still needs to be clarified. In particular, to make the concept more useful for an assessment of current security dynamics, four main shortcomings need to be overcome: in the first place, attention has been devoted more to “governance” than to “security”, while greater attention should be paid to how security is understood and perceived by the actors involved in the governance system. Second, the literature is divided in two main branches, one looking at security governance predominantly by/through governmental organizations and one dealing with non-state actors: attempts should be made to give sense of coordination efforts (or lack thereof) among different actors and layers of governance, even when focussing attention predominantly on one type of actor (e.g. regional state powers). Third, the literature (with notable exceptions though) has predominantly focused on Europe and the transatlantic area: an effort should be made to look at extra-European dynamics, also with an aim to evaluate the relationship between political/security culture and security governance, as well as between political/economic development and security governance. Finally, the literature on security governance has been too often detached from reflections over regionalism, while it would be useful to explore further the relationship between cognitive definitions of regional and security dynamics. This is all the more important when considering the progressive emergence of non-European regional powers, possibly interpreting security challenges in different terms and displaying different likelihoods and modalities to arrange coordination patterns and solve security problems.

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  • Michela Ceccorulli & Sonia Lucarelli, 2014. "Security Governance: making the concept fit for the analysis of a multipolar, global and regionalized world," RSCAS Working Papers 2014/41, European University Institute.
  • Handle: RePEc:rsc:rsceui:2014/41

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    1. Raphael Bossong, 2008. "The Action Plan on Combating Terrorism: A Flawed Instrument of EU Security Governance," Journal of Common Market Studies, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 46, pages 27-48, January.
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    Security governance; security; regionalism; coordination;

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