1st Edition

Threat Politics New Perspectives on Security, Risk and Crisis Management

Edited By Johan Eriksson Copyright 2001

    This title was first published in 2001. Aiming to open up a new perspective on the study of threats and risks, this text combines insights from the thematically linked but academically disassociated fields of security studies, risk studies and crisis management studies. It provides case studies of key agents, arenas and issues involved in the politics of threats. In addition to the traditional unit of analysis - national governments - this book takes into account non-governmental agents, including public opinion, the media and business.

    Introduction; I: Opinion in Focus; 1: Risk Perceptions: Taking on Societal Salience; 2: Cultural Theory, Risk Perceptions among Political Elites and Public Opinion; II: Actors in Focus; 3: Mediated Threats; 4: Verbal Politics of Estonian Policy-makers: Reframing Security and Identity; 5: Threat Politics and Baltic Sea Business; III: Issues in Focus; 6: Securitising Submarine Intrusions; 7: Securitising IT; 8: Framing the Palme Assassination; 9: Framing an American Threat: The European Commission and the Technology Gap; Conclusion: Towards a Theory of Threat Politics


    Johan Eriksson