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‘The Supreme Concept of Bourgeois Society’: Liberalism and the Technique of Security

Mark Neocleous

in Critique of Security

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print May 2008 | ISBN: 9780748633289
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748671984 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748633289.003.0002
‘The Supreme Concept of Bourgeois Society’: Liberalism and the Technique of Security

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This chapter challenges the liberal treatment of security and liberty. Rather than a mythical liberal ‘balance’ between security and liberty, the chapter argues that liberalism has in fact always prioritised security over liberty. It has done so through the logic of ‘emergency’ and ‘prerogative’, which allow for liberties which are supposedly fundamental to be suspended in the name of security. The chapter thus offers a critique of the liberal tradition, by arguing that liberalism's driving principle is security, and that security has been central to liberal order-building.

Keywords: Liberty and security; liberal order-building; emergency powers; prerogative

Chapter.  11821 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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