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The rhetoric of the President of the European Commission: charismatic leader or neutral mediator?
Swedish Defence University, Department of Security, Strategy and Leadership (ISSL), CRISMART (National Center for Crisis Management Research and Training).
Swedish Defence University, Department of Security, Strategy and Leadership (ISSL), CRISMART (National Center for Crisis Management Research and Training).
2016 (English)In: Journal of European Public Policy, ISSN 1350-1763, E-ISSN 1466-4429, Vol. 23, no 4, p. 550-570Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Despite efforts made to improve communication, the Commission is still facing difficulties getting across its messages. Scholars have stressed how both structural and personal characteristics impede the Commission's ability to communicate. These obstacles are particularly troublesome in connection to crisis situations when the European Union receives the most media attention and scrutiny. At the national level, research has shown that political actors tend to increase their use of charismatic rhetoric during crisis events as a way of gaining and sustaining legitimacy and credibility. In this study we explore whether the same pattern can be seen at the European level by examining the European Commission during the financial and eurozone crisis. The main findings of the study demonstrate the opposite; that is, as the crisis got worse and as member states got increasingly engaged in its management, the Commission's rhetoric became less charismatic.

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Taylor & Francis, 2016. Vol. 23, no 4, p. 550-570
Keywords [en]
Communication, European Commission, financial crisis, rhetoric
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Political Science
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Statsvetenskap med inriktning mot krishantering och internationell samverkan
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URN: urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-5711DOI: 10.1080/13501763.2015.1054298ISI: 000371618300005OAI: oai:DiVA.org:fhs-5711DiVA, id: diva2:892553
Available from: 2016-01-11 Created: 2016-01-11 Last updated: 2018-06-29Bibliographically approved

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