The overall goal of the project can be articulated into three questions:

What networks are established thanks to security?

Crime prevention brings together a variety of actors, state, non-state, public and private, in mandatory partnerships, the composition of which is dictated by national legislation. In relation to this the research has three objectives; the identification and description of these networks, the reconstruction of how they have changed over time and how they have become stable, and the mapping of the different scales that are brought together thanks to them.

What resources are exchanged?

The establishment of these networks facilitates the exchange of resources and one of the goals of the research is the detailing of the financial resources involved, on a quantitative (how much money is spent?), a qualitative (for what kinds of projects?) and a territorial level (how is funding distributed?). Additionally, other resources are also circulated within these networks and attention will be paid to reconstruct these flows, too. The goal is to identify if and to what extent some specific configurations, solutions and discourses have gained momentum and spread and the processes through which these have been adapted to different contexts.

How have these networks reconfigured relationships between national and local authorities?

The closer ties between political and administrative actors have played a part in the overall reconfiguration of relationships between different levels of government. The project aims to reconstruct how this process has unfolded in the three countries, what its implications are in terms of the wider distribution of competences and responsibilities and, crucially, what the lines of tensions have been, how conflicts have been negotiated and what the outcomes of these contrasts have been so far.