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British Discourses on Europe: Sovereignty of Parliament, Instrumentality and the Non-Mythical Europe

  • Henrik Larsen

Abstract

A general problem in foreign policy analysis is how to deal theoretically with collective beliefs to which socio-political actors adhere. The aim of this chapter is to show that a linguistic approach, more specifically discourse analysis, can fruitfully be used to describe such beliefs.2 It suggests a framework which presents beliefs as social, meaningful and embedded in language. Discourses which cut across political groupings, and, in a broader sense, constitute a common ground for the political debate in society can be identified and explored. This approach stresses the fact that different views on a specific policy issue may well draw on the same discourse, that is, the same framework of meaning.

Keywords

Foreign Policy Discourse Analysis Political Discourse Dominant Discourse Labour Party 
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© Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 1997

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  • Henrik Larsen

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