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April 2019
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When is it permissible to move an issue out of normal politics and treat it as a security issue? How should the security measures be conducted? When and how should the securitization be reversed? Floyd offers answers to these questions by combining security studies' influential securitization theory with philosophy's long-standing just war tradition, creating a major new approach to the ethics of security: 'Just Securitization Theory'. Of interest to anyone concerned with ethics and security, Floyd's innovative approach enables scholars to normatively evaluate past and present securitizations, equips practitioners to make informed judgements on what they ought to do in relevant situations, and empowers the public to hold relevant actors accountable for how they view security.


‘As security increasingly pervades contemporary societies, so the ethics of securitization have become pressing questions. Rita Floyd's finely crafted study provides a wide-ranging appraisal of the issues at stake and a challenging framework for addressing them. Taking on some of the most important issues in contemporary political life, The Morality of Security is sure to inform and provoke debate for years to come.'

Michael C. Williams - University of Ottawa

'There are many threats to human security that may require responses that go beyond ordinary political and police procedures but stop short of war. Such responses, recently grouped under the heading 'securitization', can involve coercion, surveillance, preventive detention, or even lethal violence - all of which require moral justification. In this important book, Rita Floyd develops a unified account of 'just securitization' that in general parallels but in many details contrasts with theories of the just war. In doing so, she provides illuminating discussions of numerous political issues of great significance and opens up various new areas of normative inquiry and debate.'

Jeff McMahan - White’s Professor of Moral Philosophy, University of Oxford

‘Floyd should be praised for establishing the books rich research framework … this book offers an important contribution to the existing scholarship’

Amir Lupovici - H-Diplo

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