Securitization theory conceptualizes the construction of threats. In its original variant, however, the theory focuses strongly on the deontic (norm-breaking) powers of ‘security talk’ – and not on the threat sceneries that the latter substantively describes. My forthcoming article in the Journal of International Relations and Development addresses this link, reworking securitization into a positional/relational argument. Seen this way, the framing of something as threatening comes with larger – often implicit – claims about threatening and threatened actors in world politics. The empirical cases on post-war France and West Germany show how securitization equals an epistemological systematization of international affairs, thus becoming an ordering process that conditions foreign policy strategizing.
Hagmann, Jonas (forthcoming). Securitisation and the production of international order(s). Journal of International Relations and Development. PDF