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European Union Discourses on Employment. Strategies of Depolitizing and Ideologozing Employment Policies.

Wodak, Ruth and Weiss, G. (2000) European Union Discourses on Employment. Strategies of Depolitizing and Ideologozing Employment Policies. Concepts and Transformation, 5 (1). pp. 29-42. ISSN 1569-9692

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Abstract

The fight against unemployment has been declared a top priority of European Union (EU) policies. Indeed, if mass unemployment is the major political problem in Europe, then the legitimacy of the EU as a political union will crucially depend on how this problem is dealt with. In this article we follow precisely the question of how the problem is dealt with in EU policy-making processes. Two forms of political spaces, an advisory group working ‘behind closed doors’ and the European Parliament, are compared. A socio-linguistic analysis of texts produced in the respective bodies reveals the many tensions in the development of supranational employment policies. Particular emphasis is placed on the rhetoric of globalization and competitiveness as being constitutive of the neo-liberal discourse.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Concepts and Transformation
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Linguistics & English Language
ID Code: 1724
Deposited By: Prof Ruth Wodak
Deposited On: 18 Feb 2008 16:27
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 18 Sep 2013 16:16
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/1724

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