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The Politics of Collective Action: Security Collaboration for Combating Terrorism


How should nations organize themselves to maximize their security in the modern world? Whereas inter-state relationships have prevailed in the world to date, non-state and intra-state security threats have become more salient in the 21st century. Clearly, significant co-operation among states is necessary to successfully confront specific non-state security threats like terrorism and transnational organized crime. But the form and nature of this co-operation vary widely and depend on many political and contextual issues that can sometimes constrain a state’s effectiveness in confronting such non-state threats.

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Chenoweth, Erica. 2009. "The Politics of Collective Action: Security Collaboration for Combating Terrorism." In Handbook of Defence Politics: International and Comparative Perspectives, eds. Isaiah Wilson III and James J.F. Forest. London: Routledge, 64-75. https://www.routledge.com/Handbook-of-Defence-Politics-International-an…

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