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War and "World Opinion': Parliamentary Speaking and the Falklands War
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Media and Communication Science. Sodertorn Univ, Res programme, Nord Spaces, Huddinge, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3386-4396
2016 (English)In: Parliamentary History, ISSN 0264-2824, E-ISSN 1750-0206, Vol. 35, no 1, 42-53 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Parliamentary and media discourses are different. Whereas speaking in parliament is, at least on the surface, governed by procedural rules and deliberative traditions, media representations adhere to a narrative dramaturgy. A crisis situation affects the relation between these forms of discourse. When there is a perceived threat against the nation, often the media rally around the flag', purportedly displaying a greater acceptance of the arguments presented by leading politicians or the government. Similarly, crisis awareness limits the room for dissent in parliament, since there is a perceived need to close ranks in the face of an external threat. In this situation, turning to public opinion is not an option for those wanting to present alternative viewpoints. This article examines whether the concept world opinion' became an alternative outside ally for members of parliament (MPs) who wanted to position themselves in the debates on the Falklands War (1982).

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2016. Vol. 35, no 1, 42-53 p.
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British parliament, international conflict, public opinion, world opinion, mass media, Falklands War
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History Media and Communications
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-27246DOI: 10.1111/1750-0206.12183ISI: 000369768600004Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84958626227OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-27246DiVA: diva2:913458
Available from: 2016-03-21 Created: 2016-03-17 Last updated: 2016-12-15Bibliographically approved

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