Economic securitisation and the normalisation of exceptionalism : how economic risk rhetoric is used to justify and normalise exceptionalism.
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The research question of this thesis is to what extent exaggerated or false economic securitisation threatens constitutional and democratic processes and structures. People’s growing aversion to risks, and in particular economic risks, means that it becomes increasingly easy to exaggerate or falsely claim economic risks to gain access to exceptional measures. If this is done for ordinary political reasons rather than to address genuine existential threats, exceptional measures will increasingly become part of the normal political and constitutional process. The second research question therefore is how the effects of false or exaggerated securitisation can be prevented or at least mitigated.