chapter  8
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Nodal governance, security and justice

In this chapter we explore one possible basis for integrating the governance of security and justice and suggest that the model of ‘nodal governance’ provides a useful framework within which to situate normative questions about the governance of security. In pursuing our argument we need, first, to re-visit a few of the main points identified previously. Earlier in the book we outlined the various concepts (‘mentalities’, ‘institutions’, ‘technologies’ and ‘practices’) that we proposed to employ in the analysis of security governance. One implication of our adoption of this conceptual framework was to affirm that, far from being natural or preordained, different modalities of security governance are the product of different applications of human invention. Regimes of security governance are a product of the mentalities that people have applied in the past and of those that they might apply in the future. Critically, this analytical approach exposes the normative basis of security governance: the fact that security programmes and practices, far from being merely technical discourses, carry underlying normative considerations, the implications of which have to be borne by their inventors.