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People, States, and Fear: An Agenda for International Security Studies in the Post-Cold War Era

Barry Buzan

second edition
March, 2008
Paper, 311 pages,
ISBN: 978-0-9552488-1-8
European Consortium for Political Research Press
$43.50

The second edition of this widely acclaimed book takes as its main theme the question of how states and societies pursue freedom from threat in an environment in which competitive relations are inescapable across the political, economic, military, societal and environmental landscapes. Throughout, attention is placed on the interplay of threats and vulnerabilities, the policy consequences of overemphasizing one or the other, and the existence of contradictions within and between ideas about security. Barry Buzan argues that the concept of security is a versatile, penetrating and useful way to approach the study of international relations. Security provides an analytical framework which stands between the extremes of power and peace, incorporates most of their insights and adds more of its own.

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Barry Buzan is a Professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science, and honorary professor at the University of Copenhagen. He has published and broadcast extensively in the field of international relations. He was Chairman of the British International Studies Association 1988-90, Vice-President of the (North American) International Studies Association 1993–4, and founding Secretary of the International Coordinating Committee 1994–8. Since 1999 he has been the general coordinator of a project to reconvene the English school of International Relations, and from 2004 he is editor of the European Journal of International Relations. In 1998 he was elected a fellow of the British Academy, and in 2001 he was elected as an Academician of the Association of Learned Societies in the Social Sciences.

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