Den danske antiterrorlovgivning: En risikoanalyse

Troels Søndergård

Student thesis: Master thesis


This master thesis arose from an observation of the impact of the Danish anti-terror legislation. The controversy surrounding the legislation and the appearance of the legislation inspired me to perform this master thesis. The legislation has been highly criticized the last couple of years so I whished to analyze the origins of the legislation. I saw the original legislation as a result of the terrorist attack on The United States of America in 2001 and the expansion of the legislation following the terrorist attack on Madrid in 2004 and London in 2005. This master thesis analyzes the two sets of legislation from a risk perspective. I wanted to examine what kind of risk assessment the involved politicians made in the making of the legislation. Furthermore I wanted to examine if the legislation was considered to create any new risks when it was implemented. The theoretical approach of this master thesis is highly inspired by the work of the German sociologist Niklas Luhmann. Luhmann is the main theoretical approach used in this master thesis. Luhmanns system-theoretical work creates the foundation from where I conduct my analysis. Furthermore Luhmanns theoretical reflections on the concept of risk create the theoretical tools with which my analyses are produced. Luhmann emphasizes that there is no risk free behaviour and that decisions to reduce risks can produce new unforeseen risks. It is from that perspective that this master thesis will conduct an analysis of the political negotiation in the Danish parliament when the anti-terror legislation was ratified. This master thesis is consequently an analysis of the communication in the political system.

EducationsMSocSc in Political Communication and Management, (Graduate Programme) Final Thesis
Publication date2008
Number of pages86