Visual Discourse, Imagery and EU Politics

  • Kennet LynggaardEmail author
Part of the Palgrave Studies in European Union Politics book series (PSEUP)


This chapter introduces the study of visual discourse and imagery into the discursive institutionalism. The chapter argues that visual discourse is especially important in a multicultural and multilingual European context. Using the literature on symbols, the chapter elaborates a fourfold understanding of the roles of imagery in politics. The visualisation of ‘green Europe’ by the European Commission and a key non-governmental organisation in this area—the European Environmental Bureau—is illustrative of the multitude roles of imagery in European Union politics. It is argued that in highly institutionalised discursive fields such as green Europe, imagery allows for identity building and the terse communication of organisational interests. Furthermore, imagery contributes to visualizing opposition amongst otherwise political collaborators, opposition, which may more than anything serve internal organizational purposes by mobilising supporters around common ideals.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Social Sciences and BusinessRoskilde UniversityRoskildeDenmark

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