CfP: The Theory and Practice of Security Governance

By Dr Kamil Zwolski, Politics and International Relations

I am pleased to announce that ‘The Theory and Practice of Security Governance’ has been accepted as one of the workshops for the EISA European Workshops in International Studies to take place in Izmir (Turkey) in May 2014. I would therefore like to invite interested colleagues and PhD students to submit their proposals here.

The primary purpose of this workshop is to reflect on, and advance the theory of security governance in International Studies. Both inductive and deductive approaches are welcome, as long as empirical analysis is complemented by substantial conceptual and/or theoretical discussion. In particular, the workshop will aim to address a range of important questions concerning security governance, which are embedded in three theoretical traditions:

  1. Constitutive (ontological) theory: How can we conceptualise security governance? How does security governance differ across various geographical regions, different security risks and different levels of analysis?
  2. Causal theory: How to explain the differentiation of security governance structures?
  3. Normative theory: To what extent are security governance structures legitimate and accountable? Should transnational and international security institutions be held to the same standards of legitimacy and accountability as states? Should we consider security governance structures as a priori more effective and desirable than traditional inter-governmental cooperation?

These three modes of theorising will help to (A) unpack the concept of security governance in International Studies; (B) advance our understanding of the dynamics associated with this concept; and (C) address the key moral dilemmas.

Possible topics of papers include, but are not limited to:

  • security governance in Europe and other regions, including formal organisations (e.g. the EU, NATO, OSCE, UN, OAS, ASEAN, AU) and informal structures;
  • the role of regional/global organisations in providing security governance both internally and externally;
  • the contribution of the IR theory, as well as other social sciences (e.g. sociology, psychology, economy) to our understanding of security governance;
  • the relationship between security governance, security community and international regimes;
  • the contribution of empirical cases to our understanding of the possible security governance attributes, including: multiple centres of authority; public and private actors, formal and informal structures, norms and values;
  • the dynamics at the intersection of various levels of analysis: sub-state (e.g. private security companies), states and international organisations;
  • the nature and role of inter-governmental and transnational policy networks.

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