The Nation in the Time of the Pandemic: Media and Political Discourse Across Countries During the COVID-19 Crisis

Fernando León Solís* (Editor)

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Book/ReportBook

Abstract

This edited volume explores the media and political discourses during the COVID-19 crisis across thirteen nations. Despite warnings that a global pandemic was a matter of if rather than when, the virus caught governments worldwide unaware. The nature, extent and timespan of governmental responses varied significantly from country to country, but a number of features were common to all. The nation became the frame of reference used in an attempt to make sense of the crisis, to keep citizens united, to gain their trust, and to ensure compliance with unprecedented health mandates. With the same purpose, there was a recourse to ‘non-ideological’ values and narratives (sometimes abstract, sometimes political) that could be accepted by all stakeholders. The analyses evidence the perception of the fragility of liberal democracy, caused by too much political and media consensus, by too much political and media dissent and by the threat of populism.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan Cham
ISBN (Electronic)9783031566622
ISBN (Print)9783031566615, 9783031566646
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 17 Jan 2024

Keywords

  • media studies
  • politics
  • nationalism
  • discourse analysis
  • covid-19

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