Paper $47.95 ISBN: 9781848135307 Published June 2011 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $134.95 ISBN: 9781848135291 Published June 2011 For sale in North and South America only

Worst-Case Scenario?

Governance, Mediation and the Security Regime

Stuart Price

Worst-Case Scenario?

Stuart Price

Distributed for Zed Books

304 pages | 5.4375 x 8.5 | © 2011  
Paper $47.95 ISBN: 9781848135307 Published June 2011 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $134.95 ISBN: 9781848135291 Published June 2011 For sale in North and South America only
In this original and provocative new book, Stuart Price identifies the existence of a practice that lies at the core of the western security regime - the worst-case scenario. This consists of the projection of a significant material threat, made by an authoritative or executive power, used to bolster the security agenda of the neo-liberal state. This in turn has altered the conduct of military and police operations, which are increasingly directed against any substantial expression of dissent.

Using a wide range of official sources and case studies, from 9/11 to the Stockwell shooting, Price analyses the paramilitary, political, economic and cultural manoeuvres of the security regime as it attempts to reproduce a 'command structure' within civil society. In doing so, he demonstrates that, unlike the openly totalitarian states of the past, bureaucratic rule is favoured over charismatic leadership, and the ostentatious display of coercive authority is characterised as a temporary measure. It is, he argues, a process that must be recognised and resisted.
Contents
Introduction: Preparing for the worst?
1. Myths of security
2. Governance, technology and the state
3. The Security Regime: state, governance and contingency
4. The Scenario: Imagining events
5. The Security Event: Exercise, emergency and 'real world' crises
6. The Mediated Event
7. 'Real world' security: Neglect, incompetence, and the overproduction of force
8. Pre-emption and perception management
Conclusion: Threat and social discipline
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