Spanish security policy: a contemporary appraisal

Coates, C., 2018. Spanish security policy: a contemporary appraisal. PhD, Nottingham Trent University.

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This thesis will address the question 'how has the concept of national security changed in 21st century Spain?' It will account for the shifts in modern Spain's approach to security policy and is based on an analysis of three recent administrations and their decisions, such as to support the US invasion of Iraq, as well as the responses to the economic crisis of 2008, and changes heralded in a process of national security strategies. To date, Spain’s security in a broader sense has been little researched and this thesis examines a number of themes including securitisation, the indignados movement and the role of ministries in national security strategy.

Case studies are used alongside Katzenstein's constructivist approach to analyse the evolution of security policy. The thesis synthesises the Copenhagen School's 'sectors' approach with a constructivist model to develop a concept of a culture of security in Spain supported by Clausewitz's 'remarkable trinity' to address the role of Spanish Prime Ministers.

This approach has not been developed with regard to Spain before and, in conjunction with an analysis of the National Security Strategies of 2011 and 2013, it is argued that Spain's executive, the Prime Minister, still exerts an excessive influence on national policy and institutions. Interviews with key stakeholders and policy-makers underpin the argument that security in Spain remains contested and that recent initiatives to promote a broader security agenda are not supported in organisational structure or policy.

Item Type: Thesis
Creators: Coates, C.
Date: November 2018
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Divisions: Schools > School of Arts and Humanities
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 21 Oct 2019 10:23
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2019 10:23

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