IJSSH 2012 Vol.2(1): 17-23 ISSN:2010-3646
DOI: 10.7763/IJSSH.2012.V2.62

Security Governance: An Alternative Paradigm?

Danzi Liao

Abstract—For the past ten years, governance has been increasingly deemed as a superior framework of explaining the changing structure in the fields of public administration and security management. Security governance is therefore suggested as an alternative theoretical paradigm for looking at national, regional, and global security practices. This paper takes Chinese Civil Protection as a case to examine how security governance perspective is applied as both an analytical framework and an empirical model for Chinese security policies. Nevertheless, the inefficiency of inter-organizational cooperation and lack of accountability of sectors involved in the process of Chinese Civil Protection imply that the security governance framework is not without problems. This study concludes from its examination that the security governance framework is very good at explaining the changing collective action and security policy making. Nevertheless, it is not to replace or abandon the security government framework, which remains central to the current security practices.

Index Terms—Security governance, Civil protection, Public administration, Civil protection, Non-traditional security.

D.Z. Liao is a Doctoral student at Center for Non-traditional Security and Peaceful Development Studies, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China, 310058 (e-mail: danzi@zju.edu.cn).

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Cite: Danzi Liao, "Security Governance: An Alternative Paradigm?," International Journal of Social Science and Humanity vol. 2, no. 1, pp. 17-23, 2012.

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