Economic crisis and Greek crisis discourse
A discourse analysis of articles from The Economist referring to Greece (2009–2011)
The 2008 economic crisis signalled a new era for European and global politics and introduced a new ‘economic crisis discourse’, which has emerged as an attempt to explain, justify, criticize and interpret economic crisis. It has introduced new terms and constructed new meanings to political life. Media economic crisis discourse has been a decisive factor in peoples’ understanding of economic crisis. The paper studies the construction and media narratives of economic crisis discourse through an analysis of articles published by The Economist during the ‘peak years’ of the early Greek economic crisis (2009–2011). The analysis follows Laclau and Mouffe’s (1985) discourse theory and reveals the ‘nodal points’ of Greek crisis discourse as they are presented in the articles of The Economist. The paper underlines the importance of media discourse during crisis periods, in which information dissemination and news framing may crucially affect citizens, policies and societies in general.