Appeals to consensus and partisan politics in parliamentary discourse on the pandemic

Figgou, Lia and Andreouli, Eleni (2023). Appeals to consensus and partisan politics in parliamentary discourse on the pandemic. Political Psychology, 44(5) pp. 1013–1030.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/pops.12874

Abstract

This paper explores the ways in which political leaders appeal to consensus and unity in parliamentary discourse on the management of the COVID-19 pandemic in Greece. The paper focuses a) on the different meanings that consensus takes in different argumentative contexts, b) on the mobilization of (different constructions of) consensus as a discursive resource oriented to different rhetorical ends. Moreover, it considers the potential implications of appeals to consensus on partisan politics, anchoring the whole discussion both in approaches to political discourse as rhetoric (Billig, 1987) and political communication (Tileaga, Demasi & Burke, 2020), as well as, in research regarding political leadership during COVID-19.

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