Governing Security, Governing Through Security
Posted: 11 Feb 2002
Most discussions about antiterrorism laws assume that the relation between "security" and "freedom" is a zero-sum game. Drawing on the large literature on the democratic provision of security and its governance, this article suggests that heavy-handed draconian methods are not always the best means to achieve citizen security - here distinguished from state security. Many experiments in community-based security provision, internationally and in Canada, provide empirical evidence that it is possible to enhance a community's security while also furthering democracy and hence substantive freedoms. Such experiments have rarely been carried out at the level of nation-states; but it is very important for governments to consider that in some areas at least democratic security mechanisms may actually work better than Hobbesian ones.
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