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Local Security Networks


Admission requirements

Only students from Crisis and Security Management can take this course.


One of the core concepts of the MA Crisis & Security Management is ‘governance’. In this course we will focus on the local level of governance. The police and local authorities are responsible for guaranteeing public security. As a result of the increasing complexity of security issues, the growing political awareness of citizens and the fiscal problems of the state the police and local authorities are compelled to share responsibilities with other public and private actors. Local security networks are founded in order to combat crime more effectively. In the course we will discuss the relevant aspects and characteristics of these networks, such as the governance of networks and the effectivity and transparency of the decision making within networks.

Course objectives

After completing the course the student has a clear understanding of

  • the relevant aspects of local security networks

  • the factors that contribute to the success or failure of these networks

  • the effectivity, efficiency, transparency and legitimacy of these networks


The (provisional) timetable is on the first page of the e-Prospectus.

Mode of instruction

7 seminars

Assessment method

a mid term exam (40%) and a paper (60%) in which a student reports on a research into the ins and outs of a local security network.


Instructor uses Blackboard. This page is available from of 03/02/2014

Reading list

  • Lex Cachet, Sofie De Kimpe, Paul Ponsaers & Arthur Ringeling, Governance of the Security in the Netherlands and Belgium, BJu Legal Publishers, 2008

  • Ched Whelan, Networks and National Security: Dynamics, Effectiveness and Organisation, Farmham: Ashgate Publishing Company, 2012

  • Course materials, available on blackboard



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