The Mediated Politics of Europe

A Comparative Study of Discourse

Editors: Ekström, Mats, Firmstone, Julie (Eds.)

  • Designed as a qualitative comparative study of how the politics of the EU are constructed in television journalism, in five countries which have been selected to represent different media systems and political cultures
  • Focuses on televised news and current affairs to make a valuable contribution to understandings of the mediated politics of the EU. 
  • Includes detailed analyses and comparisons of practices of journalism and styles of reporting on Europe in different national contexts.
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This edited collection makes a unique contribution to analyses of the changing nature and challenges of mediated political communication, through a distinctive comparative discourse analytical approach. The book explores how politics is performed and discursively constructed in television news and current affairs in five countries (France, Greece, Italy, Sweden and the UK) and focuses on a moment in time in European politics characterized by challenging tensions; increased Euroscepticism, questioning of mainstream politics; accentuated gaps between the elite and the citizens, and polarizations between member states. Emphasising the performative and discursive dimensions of political communication, the chapters provide a detailed comparative analysis that is centred around three themes: how symbolic representations of politics are shaped by journalistic practices, genres and styles of news reporting; the language and performances of mainstream and populist political leaders; and the participation and representation of citizens’ voices. 

About the authors

Mats Ekström is Professor, Department of Journalism, Media and Communication, University of Gothenburg, Sweden. His research focuses on media discourse, conversation in institutional settings, journalism and political communication. Julie Firmstone is Associate Professor at the School of Media and Communication, University of Leeds, UK. Her research focuses on the sociology of news, journalism and political communication in relation to a range of issues including European politics and local democracy. 

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“As the boundaries of Europe shift and a nationalist populism pushes through the gaps, we could not attach greater importance to how politics is mediated in a European context.  Ekström and Firmstone’s collection is therefore as timely as it is excellent, ranging from emergent discourses of performance across broadcast genres through to the negotiated representation of political citizenship.  All told, we now have a cross-national perspective on this European media-scape that combines geographical breadth with scholarly rigour.  This volume will be a vital companion as we continue charting and guiding the political media of Europe.” (Michael Higgins, University of Strathclyde, UK)

“This timely book provides an indispensable resource for understanding contemporary mediated politics. Focusing on the discursive practices shaping the television reporting of the 2014 European Parliament elections, it sheds light on the complex relations between government, citizens and the media across five countries - France, Greece, Italy, Sweden, and the UK. The book's emphasis on how citizens are represented in television coverage is particularly crucial at a time of heightened concern about the decline of trust in institutions, and the limitations of citizen voice despite proliferating forums for participation. It reveals a continued marginalisation of citizens' political arguments, which are incorporated into prevailing news agendas. Perhaps most powerfully, the book dramatizes how media contribute to creating a favourable climate for populist politics, paving the way for the successes of politicians ranging from Marine Le Pen in France to Nigel Farage in the UK. Through its careful qualitative analyses, the book reminds us that we can only make sense of the dynamic staging of politics if we take seriously the role of the media in shaping and producing its performances.” (Karin Wahl-Jorgensen, Cardiff University)

“The comparative analysis of political communication has been a highly productive area of research, based, however, primarily on quantitative measurement. Relying methodologically on discourse and conversation analysis, the authors of this innovative and important five-nation study have followed the quite different path of a qualitative analysis of the presentation of the 2014 European parliamentary elections in the several genres (news, interviews, debates, results programmes) of broadcast journalism. This has yielded a wealth of fresh insights into how mainstream and populist performances were constructed; particularly how citizens' voices and the public at large were represented; how these related to established journalistic practices and styles - all amidst projections of competing narratives and meanings of electoral democracy itself. The book's illustrations of the strengths - but also the problems and limitations - of this approach deserve to be widely absorbed and debated.” (Jay Blumler, University of Leeds and University of Maryland)

Table of contents (12 chapters)

  • Introduction: A Discourse Analytical Approach to Researching Mediated Political Communication

    Ekström, Mats (et al.)

    Pages 3-35

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  • A Tale of Two Narratives

    Coleman, Stephen

    Pages 39-57

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  • Mediated Constructions of Crisis

    Patrona, Marianna (et al.)

    Pages 59-88

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  • Genre and Cultural Style in TV News Coverage of the European Elections 2014

    Thornborrow, Joanna (et al.)

    Pages 91-121

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  • Political Interviews: Pushing the Boundaries of ‘Neutralism’

    Ekström, Mats (et al.)

    Pages 123-149

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eBook 76,99 €
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Hardcover 96,29 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-56628-3
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Mediated Politics of Europe
Book Subtitle
A Comparative Study of Discourse
Editors
  • Mats Ekström
  • Julie Firmstone
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-56629-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-56629-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-56628-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 345
Number of Illustrations and Tables
20 b/w illustrations
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