Quotation Theine, Hendrik, Rieder, Maria. 2019. The billionaires boot boys start screaming – a critical analysis of economic policy discourses in reaction to Pikettys Capital in the Twenty-First Century. In: Critical Policy Discourse Analysis, Hrsg. Nicolina Montesano Montessori, Michael Farrelly, Jane Mulderrig, 169-192. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.


RIS


BibTeX

Abstract

Many societies around the world have witnessed a decisive trend towards an increasing inequality of income and wealth. A sign of economic inequality establishing a foothold in the realm of political and economic discourse was the surprise popularity of Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the 21st Century (Capital). This chapter looks at the print media treatment of Capital in four European countries. Using a critical discursive perspective on economics relations, we investigate discourses in Britain, Germany, Ireland and Austria specifically in relation to Piketty’s economic policy proposals to increase the taxation of wealth and income. We draw on the concept of legitimation as well as proximation to discuss the most commonly used argumentative strategies for and against Piketty’s proposals. Providing examples for each of the strategies, we show and critique the routinisation and conversationalisation of hegemonic discourse, demonstrating how boundaries between information and persuasion as well as ‘objective’ power relationships get blurred.

Tags

Press 'enter' for creating the tag

Publication's profile

Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Chapter in edited volume
Language English
Title The billionaires boot boys start screaming – a critical analysis of economic policy discourses in reaction to Pikettys Capital in the Twenty-First Century
Title of whole publication Critical Policy Discourse Analysis
Editor Nicolina Montesano Montessori, Michael Farrelly, Jane Mulderrig
Page from 169
Page to 192
Location Cheltenham
Publisher Edward Elgar
Year 2019
Reviewed? N
ISBN 978 1 78897 495 0
Open Access N

Associations

Projects
The Mediation of Economic Inequality. Media Coverage of Piketty¿s Book `Capital in the 21st Century'
People
Theine, Hendrik (Details)
External
Rieder, Maria (University of Limerick, Ireland)
Organization
Institute for Heterodox Economics IN (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5334 Political economic policy (Details)
5335 Political economic theory (Details)
5341 Economic policy (Details)
5918 Media research, -studies (Details)
6909 Cultural economics (Details)
Google Scholar: Search