The Security State

Dr Chetna Sharma and Dr Pushpa Singh

Reader’s Guide

Modern political life is centred on the idea of security. The State is considered to be the provider of security, from defence against internal and external threats of violence to the fulfilment of basic needs. There remains a crucial question concerning how the idea of security has historically changed with the development of the state. In the context of states emerging from the aftermath of two world wars and the Great Depression, the security state was about greater internationalisation in exchange for national autonomy. Despite not necessarily endangering the existence of the state itself, the possible effects of globalisation will undoubtedly have an impact ...

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