Examining the news coverage of the economic crisis in Greece, this book develops a framework for identifying discourses of legitimation of actors, political decisions, and policies in the news.

This study departs from the assumption that news is a privileged terrain where discursive struggles (over power) are represented and take place. Incorporating systematic analysis of news texts and journalistic practices, the model contextualises the analysis in its specific socio-political environment and examines legitimising discourse through the prism of the news. Ultimately the book recognises the active role played by journalists and media in legitimating economic crisis related policies and decisions, and how they help dominant actors establish and legitimate their authority, which in turn helps journalists legitimate their own role and authority.

A concise, focused book that applies a strong theoretical and methodological framework, Discourse of Legitimation in the News is a strong contribution to the field for researchers and postgraduate students.

chapter |6 pages


Assumptions and foundations

chapter 1|12 pages

The economic crisis in Greece

Short account of events and actors

chapter 3|29 pages

Discourses of legitimation in the news

Concepts and dimensions

chapter 4|28 pages

Analysing discourse

Legitimation and its mechanisms in the Greek bailout news

chapter |7 pages

Concluding reflections