Deliberation and resecuritization: Australia, asylum-seekers and the normative limits of the Copenhagen School

McDonald, Matt (2011) Deliberation and resecuritization: Australia, asylum-seekers and the normative limits of the Copenhagen School. Australian Journal of Political Science, 46 2: 281-295. doi:10.1080/10361146.2011.568471

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Author McDonald, Matt
Title Deliberation and resecuritization: Australia, asylum-seekers and the normative limits of the Copenhagen School
Journal name Australian Journal of Political Science   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1036-1146
1363-030X
Publication date 2011-06-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/10361146.2011.568471
Open Access Status
Volume 46
Issue 2
Start page 281
End page 295
Total pages 15
Place of publication Melbourne, Australia
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Abstract In the lead-up to the Australian federal election in 2010, both major political parties represented the 'unauthorised' arrival of asylum-seekers as a security issue. This article explores the dynamics of this resecuritization of asylum in Australia, suggesting the case has important implications for both the securitization framework and Australia's treatment of asylum-seekers. The relationship between securitization and calls for an open debate about asylum-seekers challenges the securitization framework's normative claims about political debate and deliberation as a progressive development illustrative of desecuritization (the removal of issues from the security agenda). This case also illustrates that without political leadership to engage with the social and cultural context that allows the securitization of asylum to resonate with large segments of the Australian population, the exploitation of this issue for short-term political gain will continue. © 2011 Australian Political Studies Association. © 2011 Australian Political Studies Association.
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Created: Wed, 22 Jun 2011, 01:43:14 EST by Mr Matthew Mcdonald on behalf of School of Political Science & Internat'l Studies