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Political Communication in Times of Crisis

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Oscar G. Luengo(Hg.), Political Communication in Times of Crisis (2016), Logos Verlag, Berlin, ISBN: 9783832594244


During the first years of the 21th century we have witnessed many events in our societies, some of them without precedent at all in our recent history, which have involved irreversible changes. The attacks to the Twin Towers in New York City, the resulting sequence of wars in the Middle East, and the international financial collapse are very good examples of these happenings. All these developments of international consequences have led to a new dimension of political communication, and have reoriented some of its traditional meanings, after a very clear dynamic has irrupted in our lives: the crisis.

Many new dynamics have introduced significant changes and altered the nature of international relations, the processes of policy making, the governmental performances, the citizen's demands, the electoral campaigns, and the geographical tensions, among other socio-political developments. The revolutionary wave of demonstrations, protests, riots and civil wars in the Arab world starting in 2010 (Arab spring); the waves of human asylum seekers as a direct consequence of this reality; the so-called colour revolutions that overthrew governments in Georgia, Ukraine, Kyrgyzstan, and Lebanon; the territorial conflict between Russia and Ukraine; the intensification of the anti-globalisation movements; the outraged protests around the world; the conflict between Israel and Palestine, one of the hardest and longest conflicts to date that has been reactivated over and over; the terrorist attacks in Madrid, London, Boston and Paris; or the recent global threat created by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS); all this leads societies to an unprecedented present in the realm of political communication.

Some of those topics are treated in this volume, approaching the main questions with the googles of political communication, since most of these developments have a very visible communicational dimension. This book comprises several chapters divided into five different sections. These stimulating pieces of research were presented by 30 international contributors, from almost 10 different nationalities.


  • 1. Mastering Minds: the Fortunes of Political Propaganda
  • 2. Failed communication leads to crisis or crisis leads to failed communication?
  • 3. Between political cultures: the European elections and Portugal in time of crisis
  • 4. Experimental Test of Motivated Reasoning: Attitudes towards the Czech Presidents
  • 5. Between participation and populism. Crisis, political parties and new movements in the Italian public sphere
  • 6. Media coverage in times of crisis: a comparative study in different European contexts
  • 7. The Dialectic on International Relations and Political Communication: The Impact of the Financial Crisis Upon the Nation Image of Germany; A Comparative Analysisin Greek and UK Press
  • 8. Framing discourse during the Lampedusa crisis: Victims and intruders in the Spanish press
  • 9. The coverage of Corruption in Brazil and Spain
  • 10. Crying politician 2.0. Construction of political soap opera in new media
  • 11. Global crisis - national protests. How transnational was the online communication of the Occupy and Acampada indignation movements?
  • 12. Political Information on Twitter: #elezioni2013 and the role of gatekeeper citizens
  • 13. Handling the Eurozone Crisis on Twitter Comparing Germany’s and Spain’s Political Online Agendas
  • 14. Social networks: a space for political efficacy or cynicism? A case study of 2011 Spanish Electoral Campaign
  • 15. Communicating public security crisis in Mexico: A comparison between Felipe Calderón and Enrique Peña Nieto
  • 16. The Origins of the Crimean Crisis: Political Communication and Ethnopolitical Conflict in Crimea Until February 2014
  • 17. Enforcing “Humanitarian Wars”: A Case of Communication Mismanagement

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