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Security for all, development for some? The incorporation of security in UK development policy

McConnon, Eamonn (2014) Security for all, development for some? The incorporation of security in UK development policy. Journal of International Development, 26 (8). pp. 1127-1148. ISSN 0954-1748

This paper builds on existing research on the merging of development and security following 9/11. Whilst much of the current literature focuses on the development policy of the US, this paper examines the UK. Investigating arguments that the UK's coordination of security and development policy is concerned with security at home rather than in the developing world, the policy discourse of the UK's Department for International Development (DfID), Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and Ministry of Defence (MoD) is examined through its major policy documents for the period from the late 1990s to 2011. Two levels of analysis are used; a content analysis and a discourse analysis. In addition, this research draws on interviews with key informants within DfID. This paper argues that since 9/11 and the War on Terror, the UK has increasingly coordinated its foreign policy, development and security actors. As a result, DfID has given progressively greater attention to issues of national security in its policy discourse. This action is justified through a series of claims of common interest between actors across government and between the interests of developing countries and the UK. This merging of interests opens up space for development to be focused on ensuring UK national security. Whilst drawing on a paradigm of broader security, this instead reverses the principal of human security where national security is now a development problem.
Item Type:Article (Published)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Security–development nexus; failed states; War on Terror; Human Security; radicalism; security; development
Subjects:Social Sciences > International relations
Social Sciences > Terrorism
DCU Faculties and Centres:UNSPECIFIED
Publisher:John Wiley & Sons
Official URL:http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/jid.3011
Copyright Information:© 2014 John Wiley & Sons
Use License:This item is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License. View License
ID Code:21733
Deposited On:13 Mar 2017 16:41 by Thomas Murtagh . Last Modified 06 Nov 2019 16:15

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