The Model of War

Political Theory (Sage Publications), April 2010

41 Pages Posted: 24 Apr 2012

Date Written: March 23, 2010


During the past half-century, the United States has declared war on (among else) poverty, cancer, crime, drugs, and terrorism. This essay examines, in the context of these, war as a model for responding to domestic political problems and focuses on the role that that model has played in representing the state and its relation to those evils identified as the enemy.

Keywords: War, Poverty, Crime, Drugs, Cancer, Terrorism, Metaphor, Austin, Freud

Suggested Citation

Elkins, Jeremy, The Model of War (March 23, 2010). Political Theory (Sage Publications), April 2010. Available at SSRN:

Jeremy Elkins (Contact Author)

Bryn Mawr College ( email )

Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
United States

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