Reflections on the Governance of Security, a Normative Inquiry

Shearing, C. & Wood, J. 2000. Reflections on the Governance of Security, a Normative Inquiry. Police Practice: An International Journal, 1(4): 457-476

Posted: 8 Sep 2019 Last revised: 19 Jun 2021

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Clifford Shearing

University of Cape Town; Griffith Institute of Criminology; University of Montreal, School of Criminology; University of New South Wales; University of Toronto

Jennifer Wood

Temple University

Abstract

This paper overviews current shifts in the governance of security by examining two related developments: the emergence of neo-liberalism and the proliferation of corporate forms of governance. While the literature tends to examine those developments taking place under state auspices, an equally important, yet less talked about development has been occurring in the form of institutions and sites of governance emerging outside of the state. Following a comparison of neo-liberal and corporate developments, the paper examines the normative implications of each for the promotion of democracy and the value of self-directed collective life. The final section of the paper outlines a practical agenda aimed at addressing these normative issues.

Suggested Citation

Shearing, Clifford D and Wood, Jennifer, Reflections on the Governance of Security, a Normative Inquiry. Shearing, C. & Wood, J. 2000. Reflections on the Governance of Security, a Normative Inquiry. Police Practice: An International Journal, 1(4): 457-476, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3443741

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Jennifer Wood

Temple University ( email )

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