Discourses of un/employment in Europe: The Austrian Case

De Gruyter
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Journal Article
Wodak Ruth and Van Leeuwen Theo 2002, 'Discourses of un/employment in Europe: The Austrian Case', De Gruyter, vol. 22, no. 3, pp. 345-367.
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This article deals with the discursive construction of unemployment in Austria, through an analysis of speeches by former Chancellor Klima and reports in the Austrian press. It is a companion to an earlier paper investigating the same issues in the UK. Both deal with left-wing governments who, in the European context, are proposing economic change and developing and adapting a range of legitimation devices and rhetorical strategies to this end. There are clear similarities, which can be traced back to European policies, but there are also local accents. In the UK there is a greater emphasis on economic issues and ‘moral underclass’ discourse, while in Austria there is more emphasis on political-cum-ideological issues.
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