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From narrow to broad and back again: agenda setting and securitization theories combined and applied to the Swedish security agenda
2002 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The purpose of the thesis is to combine and analyse the theoretical frameworks of agenda setting and securitization theory. In order to assess the bearing of such a combination the dual framework is tested on the Swedish post-Cold War security agenda. The key actors in the agenda-making process are the policy entrepreneurs and these may alter the agenda when there is a preferable situation, a policy window opening. The focus is on the political agenda, which is defined as the government’s formulation of prioritisation of issues to deal with. The security agenda is stated to be a political agenda with particular features implying a higher grade of urgency. Threat evaluation is considered to be more about political choice than objective assessment and threats are seen as something subjective and not objective. A model for how to combine the two theories is given and is tested upon the Swedish security. The empirical test shows a very shifting Swedish post-Cold War security agenda. After initially being rather unchanged the security agenda first included a wide range of threats and became a rather broad agenda including non-military threats, however, this changed again in the late 1990s when the agenda altered back to a narrow military-oriented agenda. In the empirical test two openings of the policy window and successful securitization/desecuritization are found in the development of the Swedish post-Cold War security agenda. The conclusions state that a combination of the two theories were successful and might be useful for future analysis of security agendas. Focusing events and the degree of institutionalisation are concluded to be especially important for successful securitization.

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Keyword [en]
Social Behaviour Law, Political Scienses, Security politics, Swedish post-Cold War, security agenda, Agenda setting, Securitization
Keyword [sv]
Samhälls-, beteendevetenskap, juridik
URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-49129ISRN: LTU-SHU-EX--02/149--SELocal ID: 68632cdf-e99f-40c7-ba51-18d822e660c6OAI: diva2:1022474
Subject / course
Student thesis, at least 15 credits
Educational program
Political Science, bachelor's level
Validerat; 20101217 (root)Available from: 2016-10-04 Created: 2016-10-04Bibliographically approved

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