Fragile states and the evolution of risk governance: intervention, prevention and extension

Robert Carl Frith, John Glenn

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Abstract

Following the plane crashes into the twin towers of the World Trade Centre, Ulrich Beck claimed that the West would need to pursue ‘border-transcending new beginnings’ towards a more cosmopolitan world. Rather than any radical transformation along cosmopolitan lines, however, this paper maps a process of incremental reform and policy bricolage, where the post-cold war politics of intervention, and the securitisation of development, have been extended to encompass international terrorism in three overlapping phases. Although these overlapping phases – intervention, prevention and extension – are reflexive moments, they constitute a strengthening of the prevailing rationalities and technologies of risk rather than a radical rupture.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1787-1808
Number of pages22
JournalThird World Quarterly
Volume36
Issue number10
Early online date19 Aug 2015
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2015

Keywords

  • conflict and security
  • fragile states
  • governance
  • poverty and inequality

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