Defending Democracy: Evidence to the House of Commons Select Committee

Roe-Crines, Andrew ORCID: 0000-0002-6878-5030
(2024) Defending Democracy: Evidence to the House of Commons Select Committee. [Report]

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The key concern for the UK democracy presented here concerns the quality of political discourse. How politicians use language impacts on the quality of the democracy because it affects how we interrelate with each other, and emphasise particular arguments that we believe are most important. The manner in which political discourse is also engaged in at all levels affects how voters interrelate with political arguments, thus determining whether arguments are able to resonate (or not). This can be deeply significant as it is the difference between a politically informed or politically ignorant population. Indeed, I would content that discourse is not simply part of the UK democracy, rather it is the UK democracy as through it we decide who should act as representatives in Parliament, who wins leaders debates, and how political narratives ultimately lead to political action.

Item Type: Report
Uncontrolled Keywords: Democracy, Discourse, Language, Rhetoric
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Histories, Languages and Cultures
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 20 Feb 2024 08:23
Last Modified: 03 Apr 2024 18:24
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