Security and Development in the Risk Society

  • Eamonn McConnon
Part of the Rethinking International Development series book series (RID)


This chapter synthesises the findings of the three case studies and argues that merging security and development prioritises the security of donor countries. This is because donors use their aid programmes to offset potential risks to their own national security. This is done to varying degrees between the US, the UK and Canada. This variation can be understood through Ulrich Beck’s (Risk society: towards a new modernity. Sage, London, 1992) theory of the risk society. The different degrees to which these donors have merged security and development and used their development programmes to address security problems are a reflection of the different risk priorities and assessments of these donors.


Merging Security Department For International Development (DfID) Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) Address Security Risks Department Of Foreign Affairs And International Trade (DFAIT) 
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  • Eamonn McConnon
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  1. 1.The School of Law and GovernmentDublin City UniversityDublinIreland

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