Handbook of Governance and Security
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Handbook of Governance and Security

Edited by James Sperling

The Handbook of Governance and Security examines the conceptual evolution of security governance and the different manifestations of regional security governance. In particular, James Sperling brings together unique contributions from leading scholars to explore the role of institutions that have emerged as critical suppliers of security governance and the ever-widening set of security issues that can be viewed profitably through a governance lens.
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Chapter 16: Transboundary crisis governance

Arjen Boin, Magnus Ekengren and Mark Rhinard


The well-documented transformation of security studies over the past decade (Booth 1991; Buzan et al. 1998), along with the ‘governance turn’ now underway (Kirchner and Sperling 2007; Sperling in Chapter 6 of this volume), has blurred the dividing line between studies focused on ‘security’ per se and those focused on ‘crisis management’. These two fields have different disciplinary origins, study different phenomena and adhere to different theoretical foundations. At the same time, the two fields have always been closely related enough to afford scholars opportunities for cross-fertilization of concepts, tools and theories. Yet, interaction between the fields has been a one-way street, with crisis management students borrowing freely from security scholars but rarely the reverse. This chapter aims to open that street to two-way traffic. It does so by setting out the precepts of a crisis management approach. We illustrate how the approach can be applied to one familiar security actor – the EU – to deepen our understanding of its role in protecting individuals and key societal infrastructures. The link between security studies and crisis management research is strengthened by the move towards studying ‘security governance’. There are four main components of security governance: the referent object, the regulator, the normative framework and the interaction context (Sperling in Chapter 6 of this volume). Each has its counterpart in crisis management research.

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