The securitisation of pandemic influenza: Framing, security and public policy

Adam Kamradt-Scott, Colin John McInnes

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages15
No.Supplement 2
Specialist publicationGlobal Public Health
Publication statusPublished - 31 Dec 2012


  • pandemic influenza
  • security
  • framing
  • global health
  • public policy


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