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War Power, Police Power

Mark Neocleous

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From waste to drones and no-fly zones

  • Why is liberalism so obsessed with waste?
  • Is there a drone above you now?
  • Are you living in a no-fly zone?
  • What is the role of masculinity in the ‘war on terror’?
  • And why do so many liberals say they love peace while finding new ways to justify slaughter in the name of security?

In this, the first book to deal with the concepts of war power and police power together, Mark Neocleous deals with these questions and many more by using critical theory to radically rethink war power.

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1. War as Peace, Peace as Pacification
2. War on Waste
or, International Law as Primitive Accumulation
3. ‘O Effeminacy! Effeminacy!’: Martial Power, Masculine Power, Liberal Peace
4. The Police of Civilisation: War as Civilising Offensive
5. Air Power as Police Power I
6. Air Power as Police Power II
7. Under the Sign of Security: Trauma, Terror, Resilience

About the Author

Mark Neocleous is Professor of the Critique of Political Economy, Brunel University, UK. He is the author of several books, most recently Critique of Security (2008). He is also a member of the Editorial Collective of Radical Philosophy.


Neocleous’s endeavour is disciplinarily radical in viewing the phenomena of war and police together, where their standard investigation is as discrete and discretely conceptualised instances … War Power, Police Power is a salutary intervention into thinking the nature of armed power and violence and their ubiquity in our brave new world.

- Philip Derbyshire, Birkbeck, University of London, Radical Philosophy

Neocleous’ incisive and innovative analysis of the war and police nexus must be read by anyone still uncertain about the colonial methods and the multiple forms of violence and subjugation under the new emerging security-police-austerity regimes.

- Anna M. Agathangelou, Political Science, York University

This book completely reimagines connections between war, liberalism and terror and excavates the lineage of capital accumulation as a project of pacification. It is more than radical. It completely upends what we think we know about the modern global economic system.

- George S. Rigakos, Professor of the Political Economy of Policing, Carleton University