Political Discourse Analysis: Legitimisation Strategies in Crisis and Conflict (Hardcover)
Political Discourse Analysis addresses the challenges facing political actors at all levels of society and across a range of regimes. It shows how discursive legitimisation strategies can vary on a continuum ranging from the stabilising effects of institutional discourse and the management of destabilising factors inherent in new types of media to the destabilising potential of rhetorical devices and deliberate de-legitimisation strategies used to attack opponents.
The diverse approaches show how political actors strive to maintain control in the context of democratic deficit and crisis in developed societies while addressing growing global threats to stability in all regimes. While many actors seek legitimisation through the institutional structure, media or rhetoric, others may seek to weaken any opposition to them through de-legitimisation. In this collection Butler provides the reader with replicable methods that can be adapted to political contexts.
About the Author
Robert Butler is Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Arts and Languages at the University of Lorraine, Nancy. His research interests include discourse, cognition and multimodality, primarily in the political sphere.