The Mediated Politics of Europe

A Comparative Study of Discourse

  • Mats Ekström
  • Julie Firmstone

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
  3. Context

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 37-37
    2. Stephen Coleman
      Pages 39-57
    3. Marianna Patrona, Joanna Thornborrow
      Pages 59-88
  4. Journalistic Practices

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 89-89
    2. Joanna Thornborrow, Louann Haarman
      Pages 91-121
    3. Mats Ekström, Andrew Tolson
      Pages 123-149
    4. Andrew Tolson, Joanna Thornborrow
      Pages 151-171
  5. Citizens

  6. Politicians

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 257-257
    2. Stephen Coleman, Julie Firmstone
      Pages 259-287
  7. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 317-317
    2. Mats Ekström, Julie Firmstone
      Pages 319-338
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 339-345

About this book


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. 


political communication European politics journalistic practices political cultures European Union France Greece Italy United Kingdom Sweden

Editors and affiliations

  • Mats Ekström
    • 1
  • Julie Firmstone
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Journalism, Media and CommunicationUniversity of GothenburgGothenburgSweden
  2. 2.School of Media and CommunicationUniversity of LeedsLeedsUnited Kingdom

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