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PhD Review

‘Figurative Framing in Political Discourse’

PhD by Amber Boeynaems (Vrije Universtiteit Amsterdam), supervisors: Elly Konijn, Gerard Steen & Christian Burgers.

Journal Politics of the Low Countries, Issue 2 2019
Authors Christ’l De Landtsheer
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Christ’l De Landtsheer
Political Communication Research Unit, University of Antwerp.
Symposium

Brusselse jongeren tussen hoop en angst

Journal Res Publica, Issue 4 2017
Authors Charlotte Landsheere and Dimokritos Kavadias
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Charlotte Landsheere
Charlotte Landsheere is een 22-jarige Brusselaar. Ze behaalde net haar master in de Politieke Wetenschappen (VUB, 2017) met een onderzoek over sociale cohesie bij Brusselse jongeren. In haar vrije tijd werkt ze rond youth empowerment en actief burgerschap via verscheidene jongerenorganisaties.

Dimokritos Kavadias
Dimokritos Kavadias is verbonden aan de vakgroep Politieke wetenschappen aan de VUB, waar hij sedert 2009 onderzoeksvaardigheden doceert. Hij is sinds 2015 directeur van het Brussels Informatie, Documentatie- en Onderzoekscentrum BRIO aan de VUB. Zijn huidige onderzoeksactiviteiten focussen op onderwijsbeleid, burgerschapseducatie, politieke socialisatie en Brusselse thema’s.

    Statutory interpretation is quickly becoming the primary function of our courts. Ambiguity, unexpected scenarios, and drafting errors in legislation compound this challenging task, obliging many judges to turn to debate transcripts and other legislative materials in search of our elected representatives’ intent.
    Legislatures are intrinsically the products of the societies that create them, however, with each possessing a diverging structure and rules of procedure. These institutional differences affect bills’ drafting, consideration, and passage, and represent the mechanical process of how legislative bargains are translated into binding statutory text.
    Through the lenses of the United Kingdom Parliament and the United States Congress, the fundamental logic behind these institutions’ legislative bargains will be explored, assessing the impact of procedure and the interests that shape the enacting process. Parliamentary tradition emphasizes the foundational role of Her Majesty’s Government in managing virtually all legislation, maintaining a unity of purpose without compromise, amendment, or purposefully ambiguous provisions. Conversely, unique procedures and the multiplicity of veto players within Congress necessitates that compromise is a de facto requirement for passage. The diverging logic behind these legislative bargains offers powerful evidence that institutional characteristics have a dispositive impact on the utility of legislative materials in statutory interpretation.


Chris Land
Juris Doctor Student, 2016, University of Minnesota Law School. LL.M., with distinction, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of London; B.S., summa cum laude, Florida State University.

Ole Lando
Professor of Law, Copenhagen Business School; Chairman of the Commission on European Contract Law.

Eve Chava Landau
Professor of Law at Webster University Geneva, LL.B. (London) Docteur en droit (Paris), Diploma of the Hague Academy of International Law, Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung (Frankfurt/Main). Senior Research Fellow of the L. Davis Institute (Jerusalem). Taught at the Universities of Luxembourg, Geneva, Tel-Aviv and the Hebrew University Jerusalem, published numerous legal books and articles on International and European legal topics.
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Politici aan het woord

Een onderzoek naar politici en hun taalstijlen

Journal Res Publica, Issue 2 2010
Keywords Political metaphor, Flemish-Belgian politics, political interviews, ideological style
Authors Christ’l De Landtsheer and Dieter Vertessen
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    This article details metaphor styles in Belgian-Flemish political discourse. Some scholars complain about uniformity and colorlessness of the modern political discourse. In this 'sound bite culture', metaphor plays, nevertheless, a major role. Sound bites were, in fact, found to rely upon these traditional elements of style. The present, empirical, article examines variety in metaphor used by Flemish politicians. The first part consists of a quantitative metaphor analysis of written press interviews with male and female politicians. The second part presents the results of in-depth interviews with politicians on the subject of their own and colleagues' political (metaphor) style strategies. The conclusion confronts politicians' impressions with our findings on political (metaphor) style in Flanders.


Christ’l De Landtsheer
Christ'l De Landtsheer (1956) is hoogleraar communicatiewetenschappen aan de Universiteit Antwerpen. Haar onderzoeksdomein omvat linguïstische, psychologische, socialisatie- en nieuwe media aspecten van politieke communicatie.

Dieter Vertessen
Dieter Vertessen (1982) is lector aan de Karel De Grote-Hogeschool Antwerpen. Zijn interesse gaat uit naar politieke marketing en online communicatie.
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