ROBERTS, D.W., 2010. Global governance and biopolitics: regulating human security. London: Zed Books, 224pp.
This seminal work is the first fully to engage human security with power in the international system. It represents global governance not as impartial, but as asymmetrical and violent towards those it marginalises through its Liberal control technologies, representing a biopolitical mechanism that in turn engineers biopoverty. In bypassing the usual thinking about narrow and broad understandings of human security, the book responds to recent critiques of the human security concept as incoherent by identifying and prioritizing transnational human populations facing life-ending contingencies en masse. Having done this, it evolves a bottom-up approach to reduce avoidable infant mortality that redirects World Bank lending strategies towards the mobilization of indigenous private sector provision of water and sanitation. Roberts offers a powerful critique of global governance as an ideational norm, and in practical terms, proposes human security policies that transcend borders without violating sovereignty, focused on the most lethally-exposed people in the world