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The financial crisis in discourse: analyzing the framing of banks, financial markets and political responses

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Fuchs, Doris; Graf, Antonia

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Corporate Editor Universität Münster, FB Erziehungswissenschaft und Sozialwissenschaften, Institut für Politikwissenschaft
Abstract "Increasingly, the lack of change in the political organization of the global economy, in general, and financial markets, in particular, as a function the financial crisis has come to the center of attention. Such a lack of change should cause some surprise. After all, the financial crisis led to an enormous economic downturn as well as dramatic increases in unemployment, insolvencies and public debt. Simultaneously, it revealed fundamental weaknesses of the current functioning of financial markets, if not global economic relations as such. Why, then, has the financial crisis not led to real political change? In this paper, we aim to find an answer to this question by analyzing the construction of the financial crisis and its core actors in German public discourse. We show that this construction is characterized by drama and perplexity, normative incoherence, and a lack of access for political alternatives. These findings, in turn, provide an important basis for understanding the political handling of the financial crisis in Germany." (author's abstract)
Keywords financial crisis; economic crisis; banking; monetary sector; financial market; political change; economic policy; discourse analysis; reporting; Federal Republic of Germany
Classification Economic Policy; Media Contents, Content Analysis
Document language English
Publication Year 2010
City Münster
Page/Pages 33 p.
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications
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