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European security and early warning systems: from risks to threats in the European Union’s health security sector
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economic History and International Relations.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economic History and International Relations.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economic History and International Relations.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1903-4257
2018 (English)In: European Security, ISSN 0966-2839, E-ISSN 1746-1545, Vol. 27, no 1, p. 20-40Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article critically examines a poorly understood aspect of the European security landscape: early warning systems (EWSs). EWSs are socio-technical systems designed to detect, analyse, and disseminate knowledge on potential security issues in a wide variety of sectors. We first present an empirical overview of more than 80 EWS in the European Union. We then draw on debates in Critical Security Studies to help us make sense of the role of such systems, tapping into conceptual debates on the construction of security issues as either "threat" or "risk" related. Finally, we study one EWS - the Early Warning and Response System for infectious diseases - to understand how it works and how it reconciles risk versus threat-based security logics. Contrary to assumptions of a clear distinction between risk-and threat-based logics of security, we show that EWSs may serve as a "transmission belt" for the movement of issues from risk into threats.

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2018. Vol. 27, no 1, p. 20-40
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European security, early warning systems, risk, threats, health security
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Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-157992DOI: 10.1080/09662839.2017.1394845ISI: 000435387700002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-157992DiVA, id: diva2:1230213
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EU, Horizon 2020Available from: 2018-07-03 Created: 2018-07-03 Last updated: 2018-07-23Bibliographically approved

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