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Representation of the UK Parliament's Power in the National Media: Too Weak, or Too Strong?

Russell, Meg; James, Lisa; (2024) Representation of the UK Parliament's Power in the National Media: Too Weak, or Too Strong? Parliamentary Affairs 10.1093/pa/gsae005. (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

Representations of UK parliamentary power in the popular media have attracted little attention, despite shaping citizens’ impressions of the institution. We begin to close this gap, through a content analysis of 657 articles in the national newspapers 2013–2019—a period straddling the Brexit referendum. Pre-referendum, media representations of parliamentary power were mixed, while afterwards, as parliament exerted influence over Brexit, it was presented as more powerful. But right-leaning newspapers shifted their normative position from lamenting parliament’s weakness to criticising its strength. Parliament hence faced a lose-lose situation, with key media outlets depicting it either as dangerously weak or dangerously strong.

Type: Article
Title: Representation of the UK Parliament's Power in the National Media: Too Weak, or Too Strong?
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1093/pa/gsae005
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1093/pa/gsae005
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © The Author(s) 2024. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Hansard Society. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted reuse, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Political Science
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10189874
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