Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Media and Communication


Julie Firmstone, Stephen Coleman and John Corner publish chapters in a book about the political communication of EU politics in television news

January 2nd, 2018

Dr Julie Firmstone co-edited The Mediated Politics of Europe: A Comparative Study of Discourse with Mats Ekström (University of Gothenburg) in 2017.

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) during the European Parliamentary elections of 2014 which were characterized by challenging tensions; increased Euroscepticism, the questioning of mainstream politics; accentuated gaps between the elite and the citizens, and polarizations between member states.

Academics at the University of Leeds contributed five of the book’s twelve chapters:

  • A tale of two narratives (Stephen Coleman)
  • The performances of mainstream politicians: politics as usual? (Julie Firmstone and Stephen Coleman)
  • Reporting the ‘public’: discourses of interpretation, evaluation and prediction (Julie Firmstone and John Corner)
  • Introduction: A discourse analytical approach to researching mediated political communication (Mats Ekström and Julie Firmstone)
  • Conclusion: Tensions and disruptions in mediated politics (Mats Ekström and Julie Firmstone).

Emphasising the performative and discursive dimensions of political communication, the book provides a detailed cross national 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.

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