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(In)securitization and illiberal practices on the fringe of the EU

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Dimitris SkleparisORCiD



This is the authors' accepted manuscript of an article that has been published in its final definitive form by Taylor and Francis, 2016.

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Illiberal practices of liberal regimes have been extensively studied by critical security studies. The literature on risk emphasises the idea of imminent dangers and the logic of worst-case scenarios, which eventually unsettle the balance between security and liberty by always favouring the former in its most coercive and exceptional forms. This paper, by drawing on (in)securitization theory, attempts to explain how particular illiberal practices with respect to the control and management of immigration on the fringe of the EU become normalised. It argues that (in)securitization of immigration and illiberal practices are effects of the very functioning of a transnational field of (in)security professionals that are produced through the structural competition between different actors of this field over the definition of security and the appropriate control and management of immigration. In this respect, it uses Greece as a case study and draws on material gathered through interviews with Greek security professionals in Athens, Lesvos, Orestiada, and Alexandroupoli, and analysis of their discourse in dissertations they prepared during their study in police academies.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Skleparis D

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: European Security

Year: 2016

Volume: 25

Issue: 1

Pages: 92-111

Online publication date: 23/10/2015

Acceptance date: 03/08/2015

Date deposited: 15/08/2019

ISSN (print): 0966-2839

ISSN (electronic): 1746-1545

Publisher: Taylor and Francis


DOI: 10.1080/09662839.2015.1080160


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