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Die neue Ambivalenz in der Sicherheitspolitik: Sicherheitskultur als tiefer Kontext

Georgios Kolliarakis
Sicherheit und Frieden (S+F) / Security and Peace
Vol. 29, No. 2, Themenschwerpunkt: Sicherheitskultur / Security Culture (2011), pp. 72-78
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/24233405
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Abstract

With regard to contemporary security threats that may severely disrupt social normality, policies for civil security meet the limits of rational calculability and planning. Civil security is increasingly defined in reference to the vulnerability of critical infrastructure, and this has given rise to distinct counterterrorism policy patterns, such as focusing on low-probability high-impact events, resorting to symbolic politics, and favouring high-tech solutions. Prioritizing new issues as security threats and rendering certain policy options as adequate solutions are manifestations of security culture. Security culture provides a deep context for policy-making and helps reduce uncertainty and ambiguity in order to overcome political dilemmas and enable policy decisions. Still, security culture is an ambivalent mechanism that can enhance or undermine the ability of a society to respond to present problems and anticipate future ones.

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