Security and Governance

Routledge Book Series

Roland Paris (University of Ottawa)
Stefan Wolff (University of Nottingham)
Fiona Adamson (SOAS University of London)

Routledge is pleased to announce the launch of a new book series Security and Governance.  The series will publish high quality original research that reflects broadening conceptions of security and the growing nexus between the study of governance issues and security issues.  Scholarship published in the series will meet the highest academic standards, and will be both theoretically innovative and policy-relevant. Work appearing in the series should be at the cutting edge of debates taking place at the intersection of security studies and governance studies.

Substantive topics to be covered in the series may range from issues relating to the management of terrorism and political violence, non-state actors, transnational security threats, migration, borders, and "homeland security" to questions surrounding weak and failing states, post-conflict reconstruction, the evolution of regional and international security institutions, energy and environmental security, and the proliferation of WMD.  We are particularly interested in publishing theoretically-informed scholarship that elucidates the governance mechanisms, actors and processes available for managing issues in the new security environment.

We welcome high quality manuscripts and book proposals for this series. While the focus of the series is on original research monographs, exceptionally well-crafted proposals for thematically-coherent edited volumes and textbooks will also be considered. General inquiries may initially be directed to the series co-editors -- Roland Paris (, Fiona Adamson ( or Stefan Wolff ( -- or to Heidi Bagtazo at Routledge (

Published Volumes

Please see the series' main website.

Editorial Board

Mohammed Ayoob, Michigan State University
Richard Caplan, University of Oxford
Neta Crawford, Boston University
Stuart Croft, University of Birmingham
Donatella della Porta, European University Institute
Michael Doyle, Columbia University
Lynn Eden, Stanford University
Takashi Inoguchi, Chuo University and University of Tokyo
Elizabeth Kier, University of Washington
Keith Krause, Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva
Bruce Russett, Yale University
Timothy Sisk, University of Denver
Janice Gross Stein, University of Toronto
Stephen Stedman, Stanford University
Mark Zacher, University of British Columbia

Information for Prospective Authors

The Security and Governance series is currently soliciting book proposals and manuscripts. The focus of the series is on original research monographs. In exceptional circumstances the editors will accept proposals for coherently structured edited collections and/or high quality textbooks. Submission of a book proposal is the first step in having your manuscript considered for inclusion in the Security and Governance series.

The initial proposal you submit to the Security and Governance series will be the basis on which we judge your proposed book's suitability for publication in the series. The initial proposal will be reviewed by the series editors or, if appropriate, by other nominated specialists in the field. It therefore needs to be organised in such a way that the editors are given the right amount of information on which to judge the quality and substance of your work. If the proposal is deemed to be appropriate for the series, the editors will take the next step of soliciting a full manuscript submission from you based on the proposal, which will be sent out for review by experts in the field.

The following notes are designed to help you prepare your initial proposal, and your co-operation in following our recommendations will ease our task of evaluating the appropriateness of your manuscript for the series.

We would suggest that your initial book proposal be no more than 5 pages in length.  There are three main areas that should be addressed in the initial book proposal:

1. A statement of aims including 3-4 paragraphs outlining the rationale behind the book
- Quite simply, what is your book about?
- What are its main themes and objectives?
- What are you doing differently, or in a more innovative way, or better than existing books?
- How does the book relate to the theme of the book series Security and Governance?
- What is the major theoretical contribution the book makes? Does it make an original contribution to a particular debate?
- What is the book's policy relevance (if any)?
- What percentage of the material has been published before and in what form?

2. A detailed synopsis, chapter headings, manuscript length and schedule
- Please list chapter headings and provide a short paragraph summarizing each chapter.
- If sample chapters, or a draft manuscript are available, please let us know when the full manuscript will be available for review. If you do not currently have a complete manuscript available for review, when do you expect it to be available to be sent out for review?
- How many tables, diagrams or illustrations will there be in the final manuscript (roughly)?
- Roughly how many thousand words in length will your book be? Does this include references and footnotes?

3. Your definition of the market and a list of the main competing books
- Who is your book primarily aimed at? Who will buy it? Who will read it?
- Is it aimed at specialists or suitable for a broader audience?
- Would the book be suitable for assigning to students? For which courses and at which levels?
- Is the book aimed at a particular national audience, or is it aimed at an international readership?
- What are the main competing books in this area? What are their strengths and weaknesses? What makes your book better than or distinct from the existing competition?

Security and Governance series website