Understanding Contemporary Security: A Prolegomenon to the Interplay Between Technology, Innovation and Policy Responses





security, technology, innovation, modernization, policy response


Contemporary security is shaped by a variety of factors which determine the changing dynamics of connections and interdependencies within and between social groups and political actors. The growing importance of technology and innovation for states and societies has been a critical factor in the infrastructural, organizational and decision-making dimensions. This article aims to integrate some aspects of contemporary security into current dynamics of technology and innovation as vehicles of rapid and substantial changes in security policies and actions. Designed as an essay based on qualitative method in social sciences, this paper raises theoretical and empirical questions concerning modernization and innovation as determinants of contemporary security structures and policies. The empirical dimension of technology, innovation and politics are presented in the microscale (local security), in the mesoscale (state security, national security, sectoral security) and in the macroscale (international security in regional and global dimensions), as well as from the cross-sectional (transversal) perspective.


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Author Biographies

Artur Gruszczak, Jagiellonian University in Kraków

Is a Professor of Social Sciences, Chair of National Security at the Faculty of International and Political Studies, Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland. He is an expert of the Centre International de Formation Européenne in Nice. He has provided expertise in security and intelligence matters for the Polish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, the Polish Parliament, the Polish Ombudsman, the European Parliament and independent analytical institutions such as Statewatch, Oxford Analytica and GLOBSEC. He is the author of Intelligence Security in the European Union. Building a Strategic Intelligence Community (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016). He is the co-editor of the Routledge Handbook of the Future of Warfare (Routledge, forthcoming 2023). His current research interests include European intelligence cooperation, democratic security and security protocolarization.

Mateusz Kolaszyński, Jagiellonian University in Kraków

Ph.D., lawyer and political scientist, is an Assistant Professor at the Chair of National Security at the Faculty of International and Political Studies, Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland. His research interests include intelligence oversight in democratic states and surveillance studies. He is the principal investigator in the research project The influence of the Constitutional Court on the legal framework for intelligence oversight in Poland, financed by the National Science Centre (grant no. 2021/43/D/HS5/02958).


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How to Cite

Gruszczak, Artur, and Mateusz Kolaszyński. 2022. “Understanding Contemporary Security: A Prolegomenon to the Interplay Between Technology, Innovation and Policy Responses”. Politeja 19 (4 (79):5-16. https://doi.org/10.12797/Politeja.19.2022.79.01.



Understanding Contemporary Security