The Populist Dimension of Mediated Discourses About Corruption in Romania

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DOI:

https://doi.org/10.51480/1899-5101.14.2(29).5

Keywords:

corruption, populist political communication, Romania, content analysis, Facebook

Abstract

Understanding populism as a communication strategy (Aalberg et al. 2017) that is based on both messages and styles (Engesser et. al., 2017), the present research investigates the populist elements of political discourses articulating the subject of “corruption” in the context of the attempts to change the anti-corruption legislation by the Romanian government in 2017–2018. Based on audience preferences and on the density of political communication conducted by both political and media actors, the study conducted content analysis articles from three major Romanian TV-related news portals during February 2017 and May 1 – June 5, 2018 (N=548). In addition, computer-assisted content analysis was performed on social media posts of political parties (N=875) and the posts of their leaders (N=540). The research not only identified elements of populist political communication both in the content and the style of corruption-discourses but also reflected the polarization of the Romanian media system.

Author Biographies

Delia Cristina Balaban, Universitatea Babes-Bolyai Facultatea de Ştiinţe Politice Administrative şi ale Comunicării

Delia Cristina Balaban, Ph.D. (European University Viadrina, Frankfurt/Oder, Germany) is a professor at the Faculty of Political, Administrative and Communication Sciences, Department of Communication, Public Relations and Advertising, Babeș-Bolyai University, str. Traian Moșoiu 71, Cluj-Napoca, Romania, Tel.: 0040264431505, E-Mail:balaban@fspac.ro, https://fspac.ubbcluj.ro/ro, ORCID: 0000-0003-3509-533X Research interests: political communication, populism, and political advertising.

Mihnea S. Stoica, Babes-Bolyai University Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Mihnea S. Stoica, Ph.D. (Babeș- Bolyai University) is a senior lecturer Faculty of Political, Administrative and Communication Sciences, Department of Communication, Public Relations and Advertising, Babeș-Bolyai University, str. Traian Moșoiu 71, Cluj-Napoca, Romania, Tel.: 0040264431505, E-Mail: stoica@fspac.ro, https://fspac.ubbcluj.ro/ro, ORCID: 0000-0002-3295-9983 Research interests: political communication, EU, and populism.

Orsolya Hanna Vincze, Babes-Bolyai University Cluj-Napoca

Vincze, Hanna Orsolya, Ph.D. (Babeș- Bolyai University) is a professor at the Faculty of Political, Administrative and Communication Sciences, Department of Communication, Public Relations and Advertising, Babeș-Bolyai University, str. Traian Moșoiu 71, Cluj-Napoca, Romania, Tel.: 0040264431505, E-Mail: vincze.orsolya@fspac.ro, https://fspac.ubbcluj.ro/ro, ORCID: 0000-0002-0477-958X Research interests: journalism, political communication, and migration.

Iulia Medveschi, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca

Iulia Medveschi, is a Ph.D. candidate in the field of political science at the Faculty of Political, Administrative and Communication Sciences, Department of Communication, Public Relations and Advertising, Babeș-Bolyai University, str. Traian Moșoiu 71, Cluj-Napoca, Romania, Tel.: 0040264431505, E-Mail: iulia.medveschi@fspac.ro, https://fspac.ubbcluj.ro/ro, ORCID: 0000-0003-4345-2042

Research interests: political communication, elections, and symbolic communication.

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2022-01-13

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Balaban, D. C., Stoica, M. S., Vincze, O. H., & Medveschi, I. (2022). The Populist Dimension of Mediated Discourses About Corruption in Romania. Central European Journal of Communication, 14(2(29), 287-304. https://doi.org/10.51480/1899-5101.14.2(29).5

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