Skip to main content
Article thumbnail
Location of Repository

Securitization theory and securitization studies

By Rita Floyd


Opposed to the recently fashionable 'moral and ethical' criticism levelled against Ole Wæver's securitization theory this article argues that such criticism fundamentally misconceives the analytical goal of securitization theory, which is namely to offer a tool for practical security analysis. In arguing that being political (critical) on the part of the analyst has no bearing on the type of practical security analysis that can be done using securitization theory, this article proposes that the analytical goal of such criticism and that of securitization theory are incommensurable; in the process rendering obsolete this kind of criticism of securitization theory. By way of reconciling securitization theory with its critics, however, this article takes up Wæver's suggestion of wider securitization studies in which moral and ethical criticism, as well as being political, can play a supplementary role in the analysis of securitization theory

Topics: JZ
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Ltd.
Year: 2006
OAI identifier:

Suggested articles


  1. (2004). (De)Securitisation, Politicisation and European Union Enlargement’,
  2. (2001). Beyond Good and Evil: Ethics and Securitization/Desecuritization Techniques’, Rubikon: International Forum of Electronic Publications (December): available at (15
  3. (1999). Language and the Mobilization of Security Expectations: The Normative Dilemma of Speakingand WritingSecurity’, Paper presented at the ECPR Joint Sessions,
  4. (1995). Migrants as a Security Problem: Dangers of ‘‘Securitizing’’ Societal Issues’, in Robert Miles and Dietrich Thraenhart, eds, Migration and European Integration: The Dynamics of Inclusion and Exclusion,
  5. (1998). Ole Wæver and Jaap de Wilde doi
  6. (1999). SecuritizingSectors? Reply to Eriksson’, doi
  7. (2004). Security and the Democratic Scene: Desecuritization and Emancipation’, doi
  8. (1998). Security, Insecurity and Asecurity in the West-European NonWar Community’, in Emmanuel Adler and Michael Barnett, eds, Security Communities, 69–118, Cambridge: doi
  9. (1999). Social Theory of International Relations, Cambridge: doi
  10. (2000). The EU as a Security Actor: Reflections from a Pessimistic Constructivist on Post Sovereign Security Orders’,
  11. (1997). The Subject of Security’,
  12. (1998). Writing Security (Revised edition).

To submit an update or takedown request for this paper, please submit an Update/Correction/Removal Request.