Special Issue: Security and the Politics of Resilience

Politics has just published a Special Issue on ‘Security and the Politics of Resilience’. The Special Issue is edited by James Brassett, Stuart Croft, and Nick Vaughan-Williams (Warwick University) and focuses on the nature and complexities of the concept of resilience. In recent years the concept of resilience has come to frame security discourses particularly – though not exclusively – in the UK context. Taken as whole, the volume focuses on the politics of resilience in diverse empirical settings and addresses questions such as: How we should understand resilience? What is stake in the rise of resilience? Who benefits from resilience and what are the political effects of its societal cultivation? The collection features an agenda for resilience research in Politics and International Relations, covering issues as diverse as cyber-security, international state-building, and the 2011 UK riots. Additionally, the Special Issue features an interview with leading resilience practitioner Helen Braithwaite OBE, head of the resilience and emergencies division of the UK government’s Department of Communities and Local Government. The volume will be free to access until February 2014 and can be accessed via this link: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/ponl.2013.33.issue-4/issuetoc.

Table Of Contents follows:

Introduction: An Agenda for Resilience Research in Politics and International Relations (pages 221–228)
James Brassett, Stuart Croft and Nick Vaughan-Williams

The Politics of Resilience from a Practitioner’s Perspective: An Interview with Helen Braithwaite OBE (pages 229–239)
James Brassett and Nick Vaughan-Williams

Rescaling and Responsibilising the Politics of Urban Resilience: From National Security to Local Place-Making (pages 240–252)
Jon Coaffee

Resilience in UK and French Security Strategy: An Anglo-Saxon Bias? (pages 253–264)
Jonathan Joseph

Producing and Governing Community (through) Resilience (pages 265–275)
Dan Bulley

International Statebuilding and the Ideology of Resilience (pages 276–286)
David Chandler

Protection, Resilience and Empowerment: United Nations Peacekeeping and Violence against Civilians in Contemporary War Zones (pages 287–298)
Paul D. Williams

The Future of Cyber-Resilience in an Age of Global Complexity (pages 299–310)
Lewis Herrington and Richard Aldrich

Project Argus and the Resilient Citizen (pages 311–321)
James A. Malcolm

Rethinking Resilience: Articulating Community and the UK Riots (pages 322–333)
Peter Rogers

***My thanks to Michael Barr and Sarina Theys for all the hard work they put in for Politics to make the issue happen.

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