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The Institutionalisation of Infectious Disease Control in the European Union : The Effects of the Securitisation of BSE/TSEs and SARS

Reiners, Wulf Hannes (2015) The Institutionalisation of Infectious Disease Control in the European Union : The Effects of the Securitisation of BSE/TSEs and SARS. PhD thesis, Universität zu Köln.

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    This dissertation examines the evolution of infectious disease control in the European Union (EU). The overarching objective of the research is to analyse policy and polity developments at the EU level primarily in the fields of public health and food safety in order to identify key developments between 1993 and 2014 and to investigate the conditions under which institutionalisation took place. The study approaches the field from a security perspective which is developed as an original advancement of the ‘securitisation framework for analysis’ (Buzan et al., 1998). Following the hypothesis that the institutionalisation of infectious disease control in the EU can be explained as an effect of a specific construction of infectious diseases as security threats, securitisation and institutionalisation processes at the EU level are tied together in a novel analytic and explanatory framework. The framework foresees the combination of qualitative and quantitative research methods in order to allow for a specification of the form of securitisation of an infectious disease along different ‘degrees’ and ‘kinds’. The assumed connection between securitisation and institutionalisation is subject to empirical investigation in two case studies that deal with the securitisation of BSE/TSEs and SARS on the one hand, and a set of most fundamental changes in the EU’s infectious disease control structures on the other, including the revision of the public health article in the Amsterdam Treaty (1997) and the Constitutional Treaty (2004) as well as the creation of the European Food Safety Authority (2002) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (2004). In this way the dissertation offers new insights into a largely unstudied field of European integration in combination with the development and testing of a novel conceptual approach.

    Item Type: Thesis (PhD thesis)
    Reiners, Wulf Hanneswulf.reiners@uni-koeln.de
    URN: urn:nbn:de:hbz:38-63605
    Subjects: Political science
    Uncontrolled Keywords:
    infectious disease control; communicable disease control; public health; European Union; EU; institutionalisation; securitisation; BSE; SARSEnglish
    Faculty: Wirtschafts- u. Sozialwissenschaftliche Fakultät
    Divisions: Wirtschafts- u. Sozialwissenschaftliche Fakultät > Seminar für Politische Wissenschaft
    Language: English
    Date: 2015
    Date Type: Publication
    Date of oral exam: 01 July 2015
    Full Text Status: Public
    Date Deposited: 14 Oct 2015 16:28:51
    NameAcademic Title
    Wessels, WolfgangProf. Dr.
    Schulz-Nieswandt, FrankProf. Dr.
    URI: http://kups.ub.uni-koeln.de/id/eprint/6360

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