On Citizen Security

Laurence Whitehead

in Democratization

Published in print July 2002 | ISBN: 9780199253289
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191600326 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Studies in Democratization

On Citizen Security

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Reviews the theoretical issues associated with citizen security and its role in democracy and democratization. Liberal and constitutional systems tend to take the basic security of the median citizen as a datum rather than as a problematic social construction. This chapter considers both the traditional rule of law standpoint and the more ‘sociological’ approaches to citizenship. It then presents case studies from Latin America to demonstrate the gap between theory and experience, and concludes by drawing out the implications for our understanding of democratization.

Keywords: citizen security; citizenship; criminality; policing; rule of law

Chapter.  9176 words. 

Subjects: Politics

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