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‘It’s Labour, but not as we know it’. Media lesson drawing and the disciplining of social democracy: a case study

posted on 2023-06-07, 22:30 authored by Tim Bale
This hypothesis-generating case study explores the extent to which the domestic politics of other countries is exploited by the media not so much for its inherent interest but for the ammunition it is thought to provide to political antagonists on the home front. It uses a qualitative content analysis of selected newspapers in New Zealand from 1997 to 2002 to show how the print media in that country used a highly partial version of Tony Blair’s New Labour to try to help set parameters for its New Zealand counterpart. These parameters transnationalised a business-friendly common sense concerning the proper, indeed the inevitable, response of a modern social democratic party to a globalised political economy.


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  • Published

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  • paper

Event name

Annual Conference of the Political Studies Association: Aspects of New Labour

Event location

University of Lincoln, UK

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Event date

5-8th April 2004

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  • Politics Publications

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