J. Peter Burgess
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Our coming security
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This chapter continues the reflection on how vulnerability and societal values are linked together to shape insecurity in society. It begins by developing the notion of a societal system that encompasses societal values and societal resources. It focusses in particular on the emergency preparedness plan developed by the Commission on Vulnerability. This development depends on a reflection on the many nuances of societal involvement and societal values, in addition to the great variation in the character of societies around the world, and the question of standardisation that goes with it. The chapter then enters into a theoretical analysis of the role of the societal institutions and the various forms of governance. This leads to an analysis of the widely used ‘three principles of responsibility’. The chapter concludes with an analysis of the ‘reception’ of the news of the 11 September 2001 attack on the US.

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