This edited volume uses a ‘constructivist/reflexive’ approach to address critical infrastructure protection (CIP), a central political practice associated with national security.
The politics of CIP, and the construction of the threat they are meant to counter, effectively establish a powerful discursive connection between that the traditional and normal conditions for day-to-day politics and the exceptional dynamics of national security. Combining political theory and empirical case studies, this volume addresses key issues related to protection and the governance of insecurity in the contemporary world. The contributors track the transformation and evolution of critical infrastructures (and closely related issues of homeland security) into a security problem, and analyze how practices associated with CIP constitute, and are an expression of, changing notions of security and insecurity. The book explores aspects of ‘securitisation’ as well as at practices, audiences, and contexts that enable and constrain the production of the specific form of governmentality that CIP exemplifies. It also explores the rationalities at play, the effects of these security practices, and the implications for our understanding of security and politics today.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
part Part I|90 pages
Origins, conceptions and the public-private rationale
chapter 1|23 pages
The vulnerability of vital systems
chapter 2|23 pages
Like a phoenix from the ashes
chapter 3|21 pages
‘The absolute protection of our citizens’
chapter 4|22 pages
Critical infrastructures and network pathologies
part Part II|77 pages
Terrorism and the politics of protecting the homeland