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Governing Borderless Threats
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'Non-traditional' security problems like pandemic diseases, climate change and terrorism now pervade the global agenda. Many argue that sovereign state-based governance is no longer adequate, demanding and constructing new approaches to manage border-spanning threats. Drawing on critical literature in political science, political geography and political economy, this is the first book that systematically explains the outcomes of these efforts. It shows that transboundary security challenges are primarily governed not through supranational organisations, but by transforming state apparatuses and integrating them into multilevel, regional or global regulatory governance networks. The socio-political contestation shaping this process determines the form, content and operation of transnational security governance regimes. Using three in-depth case studies - environmental degradation, pandemic disease, and transnational crime - this innovative book integrates global governance and international security studies, and identifies the political and normative implications of non-traditional security governance, providing insights for scholars and policymakers alike.


'Many of today's major global challenges - natural disasters, climate change, organized crime, capital flight - defy conventional intellectual frameworks. This book brilliantly demonstrates the mismatch using SE Asian cases and shows us how to move beyond it.'

John Agnew - University of California, Los Angeles

'Combining innovative theoretical work with detailed empirical research, Hameiri and Jones make a significant and timely contribution to the study of security governance.'

Columba Peoples - University of Bristol

'Security underpins a wide range of public goods traditionally the province of states. Today, security challenges are increasingly complex and transboundary, transforming and rescaling governance. Governing Borderless Threats reframes these issues in cutting-edge ways both empirically and theoretically.'

Philip G. Cerny - University of Manchester and Rutgers University

'Offering an innovative theoretical perspective, this highly readable book shows how the global governance of transnational security threats is contingent on local power struggles over the rescaling of the state.'

Rita Abrahamsen - Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Ottawa

'Admirable … highly welcome … clear, intelligent and articulate … The literature review is exemplary … and the theoretical framework is backed by a convincing range of interlocking and substantial arguments … a model example of how to construct a monograph-length study and how to carry it out in an elegant style. I readily recommend it to … [scholars] interested in the governance dynamics surrounding new kinds of security threats.'

Mark Rhinard Source: Public Administration

'[Governing Borderless Threats] focuses on ‘security governance’, a theme often neglected in scholarly work on new security issues. … This volume’s great strength is in the detailed case studies that look in depth at the practical arrangements.'

Simon Dalby Source: Academic Council of the United Nations System (

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