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Communicating Europe? Berlusconi, Murdoch and the Interplay of National Politics and the Press

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Abstract

The interplay between Italian politics and the press—and its British counterpart—offers insights into the terrain which has created the basis for newspapers’ discursive constructions of Europe. A comparing and contrasting of the two cultures offers insights, challenging presuppositions about how politics and the media work in Britain and Italy. In the case of both Murdoch and Berlusconi, their pronouncements on the EU will provide some initial evidence of when they have left their imprint on those newspaper discourses. What is argued in this chapter is the extent to which the particularities of how news is produced, within these two cultures, impacts upon how Europe is conveyed and constructed. The influence of governments, journalists, editors and even owners is apparent.

Keywords

Berlusconi Murdoch Advocacy Clientelism Party–press parallelism Professionalism Majoritarianism Instrumentalisation Pastone Common sense 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of BedfordshireLutonUK

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