Franca Roncarolo

To popularize or to remove? The political communication of the Berlusconi government in regard to the economic crisis

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Keywords: popularization, economic crisis, Berlusconi government, television.

The article discusses the political use made of popularization by means of a case study on the political communication of the economic crisis on television during the fourth Berlusconi government (2008 -2011). The analysis centres on three main issues. Firstly, the article documents the amount of coverage devoted to the crisis by the Rai and Mediaset news bulletins. Secondly, it focuses on the ways in which the crisis was discussed on the public and private television networks. Thirdly, it reconstructs and analyses the strategies adopted by Prime Minister Berlusconi to handle the economic emergency from the point of view of communication. The analysis conducted advances the hypothesis that recourse to popularization is not always and only a resource for the political leadership, suggesting that crisis situations may instead make a distancetaking strategy more attractive.

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