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DemocratizationTheory and Experience$
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Laurence Whitehead

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780199253289

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0199253285.001.0001

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On Citizen Security

On Citizen Security

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(p.165) 7 On Citizen Security
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Democratization
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Laurence Whitehead (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199253285.003.0008

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

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