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The Policy Tools of Securitization: Information Exchange, EU Foreign and Interior Policies

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This article takes up where securitization theory left off, arguing that securitization can occur or evolve without the assent of an identifiable audience. To explain this puzzle, the article proposes that rather than investigating the construction of threats at the level of discourse, we should focus on the functions and implications of policy instruments used to meet a public problem (e.g. terrorism). In order to substantiate the framework offered here, the article examines the primary tool in the EU's fight against terrorism, information exchange. The conclusion suggests that the consequences of counter-terrorism have been de-politicization, intelligence-led policing and cross-pillarization. Copyright (c) 2008 The Author(s); Journal compilation (c) 2008 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

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  • Thierry Balzacq, 2008. "The Policy Tools of Securitization: Information Exchange, EU Foreign and Interior Policies," Journal of Common Market Studies, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 46, pages 75-100, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:jcmkts:v:46:y:2008:i::p:75-100
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    1. Linder, Stephen H. & Peters, B. Guy, 1984. "From Social Theory to Policy Design," Journal of Public Policy, Cambridge University Press, vol. 4(03), pages 237-259, August.
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    1. Friedrich Schneider & Tilman Brück & Daniel Meierrieks, 2010. "The Economics of Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism: A Survey (Part II)," Discussion Papers of DIW Berlin 1050, DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research.
    2. Burcu Togral Koca, 2015. "Deconstructing Turkey's "Open Door" Policy towards Refugees from Syria," Migration Letters, Transnational Press London, UK, vol. 12(3), pages 209-225, September.
    3. Itay Fischhendler & David Katz, 2013. "The use of “security” jargon in sustainable development discourse: evidence from UN Commission on Sustainable Development," International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics, Springer, vol. 13(3), pages 321-342, September.
    4. Yuko Suda, 2013. "Transatlantic Politics of Data Transfer: Extraterritoriality, Counter-Extraterritoriality and Counter-Terrorism," Journal of Common Market Studies, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 51(4), pages 772-788, July.
    5. Stef Wittendorp, 2016. "Unpacking ‘International Terrorism’: Discourse, the European Community and Counter-Terrorism, 1975–86," Journal of Common Market Studies, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 54(5), pages 1233-1249, September.
    6. George Joffé, 2008. "The European Union, Democracy and Counter-Terrorism in the Maghreb," Journal of Common Market Studies, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 46, pages 147-171, January.

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