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Thinking locally, acting globally: The governmentalization-securitization interplay in recent advanced-liberal peace machinery


This chapter investigates some of the recent trends in the management of relations between government and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in the field of the security/development nexus. In this attempt, I draw on Foucault-inspired scholarship and insights from critically-oriented new public management. The interpretation offered is driven by an exploration of the dual trend that forms the thread of the book: the ‘global’ governmentalization of security and the securitization of ‘global’ governance. In order to empirically demonstrate my theoretical points, I choose Canada as the example par excellence of an advanced-liberal country in which a number of novel phenomena in the studied area can be observed. Two phenomena – and their unique, high-degree of institutionalization and close interconnection – make the country particularly suitable for this analysis. These have been the human security/development doctrine and the use of Results-Based Management (RBM) with its principal technique of risk assessment as it pertains to security/development governance. This chapter reveals that their co-existence and interplay has not been a coincidence and the two phenomena must be juxtaposed and analytically connected in order to be fully understood. In other words, it is precisely the manifestations of the ‘global’ governmentalization of security and the securitization of ‘global’ governance respectively that I am interested in.