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Fusing of Security and the Environment: New Euro-Platitude or Latitude?

Markina, Irina LU (2009) STVM18 20091
Department of Political Science
Abstract
This thesis critically examines the social construction of 'environmental security' in the EU policy making. The main purpose of th thesis is to answer the central question of how the process of fusing security and environmental concerns in the EU's policy-making can be explained; and what are the effects of it. In an attempt to provide some insights into the range and functions of this phenomenon, the study draws on the theoretical basis of social constructivism as well as on the distinct methodology of critical discourse analysis. Two main types of discourse on the 'environmental security' are examined, namely academic discourse in the field of security studies as well as the EU official discourse. The study does not simply refer to the... (More)
This thesis critically examines the social construction of 'environmental security' in the EU policy making. The main purpose of th thesis is to answer the central question of how the process of fusing security and environmental concerns in the EU's policy-making can be explained; and what are the effects of it. In an attempt to provide some insights into the range and functions of this phenomenon, the study draws on the theoretical basis of social constructivism as well as on the distinct methodology of critical discourse analysis. Two main types of discourse on the 'environmental security' are examined, namely academic discourse in the field of security studies as well as the EU official discourse. The study does not simply refer to the interpretative analysis of discourse but rather it aspires to provide critical explanation of all the effects that have been produced and influenced by the way in which the environmental and security problematique is conceived in the Union. The main argument of the thesis is that the EU pursues security and sustainable strategic policy objectives. Yet, even though this discursive policy process has produced some results in according concrete substance to the environment-security linkage. It remains much to be done to implement the two-way promise of 'environmental security' in terms of policy outputs. (Less)
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author
Markina, Irina LU
supervisor
organization
alternative title
An Analysis of the Social Construction of ‘Environmental Security’ in the European Union Policy Making.
course
STVM18 20091
year
type
H1 - Master's Degree (One Year)
subject
keywords
European Union, European Affairs, critical discourse analysis method, social constructivism, policy studies, EU, security policy, Policy interplay, environmental policy
language
English
additional info
Cogito, ergo sum or I think, therefore I am once was aptly states by the philosopher René Descartes. I am deeply grateful to the all who throughout the years have contributed to the making a scientific cognition to be the joy of life for me. In this particular instance I would like to thank all my professors at MEA programme, and predominately the supervisor Malena R. Sundström for the guidance and inspiration. Due to her help the last months of work with this thesis have been an extraordinary time. Also, I would like to express my gratitude for the fascinating experiences and support of my Family from back home and the ‘Residence’ and its friends here in Lund.
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1439888
date added to LUP
2009-07-14 11:52:31
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2009-07-14 11:52:31
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  abstract     = {This thesis critically examines the social construction of 'environmental security' in the EU policy making. The main purpose of th thesis is to answer the central question of how the process of fusing security and environmental concerns in the EU's policy-making can be explained; and what are the effects of it. In an attempt to provide some insights into the range and functions of this phenomenon, the study draws on the theoretical basis of social constructivism as well as on the distinct methodology of critical discourse analysis. Two main types of discourse on the 'environmental security' are examined, namely academic discourse in the field of security studies as well as the EU official discourse. The study does not simply refer to the interpretative analysis of discourse but rather it aspires to provide critical explanation of all the effects that have been produced and influenced by the way in which the environmental and security problematique is conceived in the Union. The main argument of the thesis is that the EU pursues security and sustainable strategic policy objectives. Yet, even though this discursive policy process has produced some results in according concrete substance to the environment-security linkage. It remains much to be done to implement the two-way promise of 'environmental security' in terms of policy outputs.},
  author       = {Markina, Irina},
  keyword      = {European Union,European Affairs,critical discourse analysis method,social constructivism,policy studies,EU,security policy,Policy interplay,environmental policy},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Fusing of Security and the Environment: New Euro-Platitude or Latitude?},
  year         = {2009},
}