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What kind of theory – if any – is securitization?
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Government.
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2015 (English)In: International Relations, ISSN 0047-1178, E-ISSN 1741-2862, Vol. 29, no 1, 96-136 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

One of the great appeals of securitization theory, and a major reason for its success, has been itsusefulness as a tool for empirical research: an analytic framework capable of practical application.However, the development of securitization has raised several criticisms, the most important ofwhich concern the nature of securitization theory. In fact, the appropriate methods, the researchpuzzles and type of evidence accepted all derive to a great extent from the kind of theory scholarsbequeath their faith to. This Forum addresses the following questions: What type of theory (ifany) is securitization? How many kinds of theories of securitization do we have? How can thedifferences between theories of securitization be drawn? What is the status of exceptionalismwithin securitization theories, and what difference does it make to their understandings of therelationship between security and politics? Finally, if securitization commands that leaders act nowbefore it is too late, what status has temporality therein? Is temporality enabling securitization toabsorb risk analysis or does it expose its inherent theoretical limits?

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2015. Vol. 29, no 1, 96-136 p.
Keyword [en]
audience, critical security studies, epistemology, ethics, extraordinary politics, ideal type, ontology, politics, risk, securitization, security studies, social mechanism, speech act theory, temporality, theory building
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Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
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Peace and Conflict Research; Political Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-247999DOI: 10.1177/0047117814526606ISI: 000351233300005OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-247999DiVA: diva2:798108
Available from: 2015-03-25 Created: 2015-03-25 Last updated: 2015-04-27Bibliographically approved

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