Political Communication and COVID-19

Governance and Rhetoric in Times of Crisis

Darren Lilleker (Redaktør) ; Ioana A. Coman (Redaktør) ; Milos Gregor (Redaktør) ; Edoardo Novelli (Redaktør)

This edited collection compares and analyses the most prominent political communicative responses to the outbreak and global spread of the COVID-19 strain of coronavirus within 27 nations across five continents and two supranational organisations: the EU and the WHO. Les mer
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This edited collection compares and analyses the most prominent political communicative responses to the outbreak and global spread of the COVID-19 strain of coronavirus within 27 nations across five continents and two supranational organisations: the EU and the WHO. The book encompasses the various governments' communication of the crisis, the role played by opposition and the vibrancy of the information environment within each nation.


The chapters analyse the communication drawing on theoretical perspectives drawn from the fields of crisis communication, political communication and political psychology. In doing so the book develops a framework to assess the extent to which state communication followed the key indicators of effective communication encapsulated in the principles of: being first; being right; being credible; expressing empathy; promoting action; and showing respect. The book also examines how communication circulated within the mass and social media environments and what impact differences in spokespersons, messages and the broader context has on the success of implementing measures likely to reduce the spread of the virus. Cumulatively, the authors develop a global analysis of the responses and how these are shaped by their specific contexts and by the flow of information, while offering lessons for future political crisis communication.


This book will be of great interest to students and researchers of politics, communication and public relations, specifically on courses and modules relating to current affairs, crisis communication and strategic communication, as well as practitioners working in the field of health crisis communication.

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Innholdsfortegnelse

Foreword


Darren Lilleker, Ioana A. Coman, Milos Gregor and Edoardo Novelli


Introduction: Political Communication, Governance and Rhetoric in Times of Crisis


Ioana A. Coman, Dalia Elsheikh, Milos Gregor, Darren Lilleker and Edoardo Novelli





Case Studies


1. World Health Organisation: The Challenges of Global Leadership


Darren Lilleker and Milos Gregor


2. China: Diversion, Ingratiation and Victimization


Menglin Liu and Shan Xu


3. Japan: New Directions for Digital Japan


Leslie Tkach-Kawasaki


4. South Korea: No Shutdown, No Lockdown


Jangyul Robert Kim and Sera Choi


5. The United States: Politics Versus Science?


John M. Callahan


6. The EU: The Story of a Tragic Hero and the 27 Dwarfs


Dennis Lichtenstein


7. France: An Unpopular Government Facing an Unprecedented Crisis


Pierre-Emmanuel Guigo


8. Australia: A Triumph of Sorts


Fiona Wade


9. Germany: Between a Patchwork and Best-Practice


Isabelle Borucki and Ulrike Klinger


10. India: A Spectacle of Mismanagement


Chindu Sreedharan


11. Italy: The Frontrunner of the Western Countries in an Unexpected Crisis


Edoardo Novelli


12. Spain: Managing the Uncertain Whilst Facing Economic Collapse


Sergio Perez Castanos and Alberto Mora Rodriguez


13. Sweden: Lone Hero or Stubborn Outlier?


Bengt Johansson and Orla Vigso


14. The UK: From Consensus to Confusion


Ruth Garland and Darren Lilleker


15. Egypt: Emotional Speech and Complicated Reality


Dalia Elsheikh


16. Russia: A Glass Wall


Svetlana S. Bodrunova


17. Austria: A Ski Resort as the Virus Slingshot of Europe


Katie Bates and Lore Hayek


18. Iran: Disciplinary Strategies and Governmental Campaigning


Azra Ghandeharion and Josef Kraus


19. Brazil: More Than Just a Little Flu


Icaro Joathan, Andrea Medrado and Thaina Medeiros


20. Norway: From Strict Measures to Pragmatic Flexibility


Bente Kalsnes and Eli Skogerbo


21. Iceland: No Lockdown and Experts at the Forefront


Jon Gunnar Olafsson


22. Ireland: Solid Swansong from Caretaker Government


Dawn Wheatley


23. The Czech Republic: Self-proclaimed Role-Models


Otto Eibl and Milos Gregor


24. Hungary: Illiberal Crisis Management


Norbert Merkovity, Marton Bene and Xenia Farkas


25. Poland: Protecting the Nation While Struggling to Maintain Power


Michal Jacunski


26. Ghana: Political Expediency or Competent Leadership?


Sally Osei-Appiah


27. South Africa: A United Front? A Divided Government


Robert Mattes and Ian Glenn


28. Kosovo: Political Crisis, One More Challenge Alongside COVID-19


Dren Gerguri


29. Turkey: Declaring of War on an Epidemic


Elif Kahraman


30. Conclusion: Political Communication and COVID-19: Governance and Rhetoric in Global Comparative Perspective


Darren Lilleker, Ioana A. Coman, Milos Gregor and Edoardo Novelli

Om forfatteren

Darren Lilleker is Professor of Political Communication in the Faculty of Media and Communication at Bournemouth University, UK. He is Convenor of the Centre for Comparative Politics and Media Research and teaches across the politics programmes. He has led a range of research projects using qualitative and quantitative methods; and delivered lectures and workshops to students across the world.


Ioana A. Coman is an Assistant Professor at Texas Tech University, USA. She teaches courses focused on public relations, journalism, and entrepreneurship. Her research focuses on how different actors engage and interact in risk and crisis communication situations via different platforms, within different contexts, and at different levels. Her research has received national and international awards and grants including the Page/Johnson Legacy Scholar (2019 and 2020).


Milos Gregor is an Assistant Professor at Masaryk University, the Czech Republic. He teaches courses on political communication and marketing, propaganda, disinformation, and fake news. Together with Petra Mlejnkova, he is a mentor of projects Choose Your Info (Zvol si info) and Fakescape, both dedicated to media literacy awareness. Both projects received awards in the international Peer to Peer: Global Digital Challenge competition.


Edoardo Novelli is Associate Professor at the University of Roma Tre, Italy. He teaches Political Communication and Media Sociology. His research interests focus on political communication, history of propaganda, electoral campaigns, and on the relationship between politics, media, and images. He has been principal investigator of international research projects, including the European Election Monitoring Center, and he is Head of the digital Archive of Italian political commercials.