Discourse Analysis as a Research Strategy

  • Kennet LynggaardEmail author
Part of the Palgrave Studies in European Union Politics book series (PSEUP)


This chapter elaborates on the distinctiveness of discourse analysis as a research strategy. The chapter argues in favour of moving beyond otherwise fixed methodological positions by elaborating compound research strategies directed at the specific research question at hand. In doing so, the chapter discusses the challenges associated with conducting discourse analysis, including those associated with the role of agency and structure, how to approach the study of discursive conflicts and consensus making, causality and causal mechanisms, the choice of an analytical time dimension, and how discourse analysis may speak to other types of theoretical and analytical frameworks. The chapter concludes by outlining a general framework for analysis binding together the concepts of ideas, discourse and institution.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Social Sciences and BusinessRoskilde UniversityRoskildeDenmark

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