09 Nov 2006

Communicating (in)Security

A Failure of Public Diplomacy?

Juliet Lodge

Download Publication


CHALLENGE Research Paper No. 3 / 35 pages

This paper attempts to unravel elements of the problem of communicating security to citizens in the EU and to show how it is tangled up in the misleading dichotomous rhetoric of security or liberty. The resulting failure of public diplomacy leads to sub-optimal policy outcomes and accountability deficits. The paper i) explores these effects in the context of problems of communication in spaces of disconnection arising between political agents of territorial power and the creation and maintenance of citizens’ affective loyalties; ii) briefly examines issues arising from the introduction of biometric identifiers to show how liberty and security are portrayed as alternative rather than complementary options; and iii) relates this portrayal to aspects of managing communication. It concludes that imprecision among elites as to what they mean by ‘security’ and what they think they communicate aggravates accountability deficits, public trust and confidence in the EU.

The author, Juliet Lodge, is Director of the Jean Monnet European Centre of Excellence (JMECE) and Institute of Communication Studies at the University of Leeds in the UK.

Related Publications

Browse through the list of related publications.

Towards a principled level playing field for an open and secure online environment

Regulation, enforcement and oversight of online content moderation in the EU and the United Kingdom

The Declaration on a Voluntary Solidarity Mechanism and EU Asylum Policy

One Step Forward, Three Steps Back on Equal Solidarity

A transformational moment?

The EU's response to Russia's war in Ukraine

The EU grants temporary protection for people fleeing war in Ukraine

Time to rethink unequal solidarity in EU asylum policy

European Union Policies on Onward and Secondary Movements of Asylum-seekers and Refugees

A Critical Overview of the EU’s Migration Management Complex

Limitations on Human Mobility in Response to COVID-19

A preliminary mapping and assessment of national and EU policy measures, their sanctioning frameworks, implementation tools and enforcement practices

Between politics and inconvenient evidence

Assessing the Renewed EU Action Plan against migrant smuggling