The failed securitization of climate change in Australia

McDonald, Matt (2012) The failed securitization of climate change in Australia. Australian Journal of Political Science, 47 4: 579-592. doi:10.1080/10361146.2012.731487

Author McDonald, Matt
Title The failed securitization of climate change in Australia
Journal name Australian Journal of Political Science   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1036-1146
Publication date 2012-12
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/10361146.2012.731487
Volume 47
Issue 4
Start page 579
End page 592
Total pages 14
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic., Australia
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Abstract Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's first National Security Statement in 2008 identified climate change as a ‘fundamental’ threat to national security. Two years later, Rudd was deposed with little to show for climate activism beyond the largely symbolic ratification of the Kyoto Protocol. Australians largely accepted Rudd's claim that climate change constituted a threat, yet relatively mainstream climate-policy measures were subjected to significant, and ultimately effective, political opposition. This has important implications for climate politics in Australia. This paper, however, focuses on implications for the securitization framework. Specifically, the author argues that this case raises serious questions about the capacity of the framework to account for the mobilising power of security or the dynamics of its construction.
Keyword Australia
Climate policy
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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