Governing Through Security is a comparative research project on the governance of community safety in England and Wales, France, and Italy. It is generously funded by a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship, from September 2015 to August 2018.
The project understands security as a governmental strategy and adopts a comparative perspective in order to analyse how its deployment has opened up new spaces for governing in three different countries: Italy, France and England and Wales. The research looks at the legal tools developed in each country for the production and governance of security. The project assumes that what these legal devices actually do goes beyond the mere provision of security to urban populations and, crucially, that key to their success are the opportunities they offer for the establishment of networks that cut through levels of government in order to link together in new ways relevant actors and enable and facilitate the exchange of different kinds of resources (financial, organisational, political, discursive). Studying these networks and how they have changed over time will make it possible to understand how security has been instrumental in the rearrangement of relationships between different levels of government and in the transformation of how power and authority are distributed between them.
Menichelli recently presented a paper entitled, 'Who gets to decide what? The field of community safety in England and Wales, France, and Italy' at the IPSA world congress of political science in Poznan (Poland) on the 23-28 July 2016, in a session on central and local government relations.
She will be also presenting a paper entitled 'The public funding of ‘security’ projects in England and Wales, France, and Italy: how much? Where? For whose benefit?' at the the 16th Annual Conference of the European Society of Criminology on 21-14 September in Munster (Germany).