Debates, Rhetoric and Political Action: Practices of Textual Interpretation and Analysis

Understanding Debate as PoliticsThe Conceptual Aspect of PoliticsPolitics as an ActivityFour Aspects of Politics: Politicisation—Polity; Politicking—PolicyTypes of Politics—Types of DebateDebate, Discourse, Dispute, Discussion and DissensusDebate as pro et contra and as a Peaceful Form of Struggle‘Live’ and ‘Virtual’ DebatesDocuments as Contributions to DebatesPolitical and Academic Debates: Similarities and DifferencesThe Presence of Politics in Texts and DebatesReading Debates PoliticallyPolitical LiteracyParliamentary Debate as an Ideal TypeOn the History of Parliamentary DebatesExtensions of Parliamentary DebatesLimits of DebateRestrictions of Debate Inside ParliamentsForms, Dimensions and Characteristics of DebatesRules and Procedures of DebateDebates on the Agenda and Debates of the AgendaThe Actors in DebateRegulators of DebateMultistage and Multilayer DebatesThe Scarcity of Time for DebateTerminating DebatesResearch Practices and Operations in Studying Debates and DocumentsThe Researcher’s Perspective on the SourcesKeeping Your Distance While Being Part of the DebateOn the Veto Power of the SourcesApproaches to Linguistic Political Action: Discourse Analysis, Rhetorical Analysis and Conceptual HistoryDiscourse AnalysisRhetorical AnalysisConcepts as Nodal Points of DebatesAnalysing Debates and Documents: The Essential StepsFinding a Research Topic and Fixing the Research QuestionFrom Research Topic to Research Question in the Exemplar StudyDetermining the Research MaterialMaterial Selection in the Exemplar StudyAnalysing the MaterialOrdering, Coding and ExtractingCategories for Analysing Debates and Documents: Explaining the ‘How’ and the ‘Why’Numbers and QuantitiesFinding Out the ‘How’ and ‘Why’ in the Exemplar StudyFurther Useful Dimensions for Analysing DebatesBuilding Typologies, Drawing Conclusions and Answering QuestionsKey Themes, Topics and Rules of the Discourses in the Exemplar StudyThe Discourses in a Comparative PerspectiveComputer-Supported AnalysisСhapter 4 Examples of Analysing Debates as PoliticsThree Interpretations of a Parliamentary Debate: The Case of Constitutional Renewal in Westminster, 9 June 2009Procedure, Concepts and Time as Topics of the Debate— Kari PalonenThe Reform AgendaGordon Brown’s Politics of Limited TimesNew Items on the Agenda from the BackbenchersAnalysis of a House of Commons Debate—Claudia WiesnerCourse, Actors and Rules of the DebateConcepts, Themes and Arguments in the DebateFurther PerspectivesA House of Commons Debate Analysis—Taru HaapalaRhetorical Genres and Commonplace ExpressionsPolitics of Agenda-Setting in the DebateParliamentary versus Popular SovereigntyIn ConclusionConceptual Controversies in Parliament— ‘Politics’ in the House of CommonsThe Four Aspects of Politics in Parliamentary Debate‘Political’ in British Constitutional Debates from the Late 1940sPoliticking’ in the Westminster Debates‘Politics’ in British ParliamentReading and Analysing Political Debate in Debating SocietiesParliamentary Rules of Procedure: The Case of the European ParliamentRules of Parliamentary Procedure as Documents in DebatesConceptions of ParliamentA First Look at the EP as a ParliamentEP’s Procedural HistoryFrench and British Procedural StylesEP’s Francophone CommitteesFree Mandate versus Party GroupsThe Intervention of the Commission and the CouncilsThe Parliamentary Regulation of DebateThe EP President as a NegotiatorThe Politics of Time in the EPThe MEP as a PoliticianConclusionsDoing Politics via Policy Documents and Laws: The Case of EU Citizenship RightsThe Conceptual Context: Citizenship in Western NationStates and the EUThe Institutional ContextCitizenship Rights in the Treaty of RomeCreating and Interpreting Union CitizenshipImplementing Union Citizenship: The Example of the Right to Free MovementShaping the Principle of AntidiscriminationIn ConclusionWhat Is Said and What Is Not in Press Debates: The Silencing Strategy in GermanyCase 1: Marginalising EU Critics in the Mainstream PartiesCase 2: The PDSCase 3: Peter GauweilerIn ConclusionThe Politics of a Subtext: Football as a PolityText and SubtextThe Political Subtext of FootballThe Politics of Football TacticsConcluding Notes: Reappraising Politics and Debate
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