This article examines how pandemic influenza has been framed as a security issue, threatening the functioning of both state and society, and the policy responses to this framing. Pandemic influenza has long been recognised as a threat to human health. Despite this, for much of the twentieth century it was not recognised as a security threat. In the decade surrounding the new millennium, however, the disease was successfully securitised with profound implications for public policy. This article addresses the construction of pandemic influenza as a threat. Drawing on the work of the Copenhagen School, it examines how it was successfully securitised at the turn of the millennium and with what consequences for public policy.
|Number of pages||15|
|Specialist publication||Global Public Health|
|Publication status||Published - 31 Dec 2012|
- pandemic influenza
- global health
- public policy
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Aberystwyth University Award for Exceptional Research Impact
McInnes, Colin (Recipient), 18 Jul 2019
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