By Claudia Wiesner, Taru Haapala, Kari Palonen

This booklet explicates how debates and files should be understood, interpreted and analysed as political motion. It bargains the reader either a theoretical advent and useful tips. The authors set up the point of view that debates are to be understood as political task, and records will be considered as frozen debates. the 1st bankruptcy discusses what's to be understood as politics and political. the second one bankruptcy explains the idea that of discussion as an alternate of arguments in talking professional and contra. The 3rd bankruptcy offers concrete ways, learn practices and studies that support analysing debates and files as politics. The fourth bankruptcy includes a few case experiences that exhibit how researchers can continue in analysing parliamentary debates, records, legislation, and media articles. This ebook may be of use to all scholars and students drawn to analysing texts and records, in addition to in political rhetoric and parliamentary debates.

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Nor can we speak of the existence of a few distinct conceptions of politics to which all agents should commit themselves. On the contrary, politics has to be read out of the texts and the debates. The formulations and styles of performance have to be contextualised and analysed, and studies need to be conducted on the actual usages of the vocabulary. This approach can also easily illustrate how the concepts used have multiple aspects, dimensions and historical layers that cannot be strictly separated from each other.

It should be remembered that parliamentary procedure does not allow speakers to deviate from the issue at hand, and therefore, debates are not merely entertainment or a pastime. Whenever an item is put on the parliamentary agenda, it cannot be removed without the consent of the House. It is also worth noting that time limits are set for each session. Debaters cannot afford to waste their allotted time slot. Parliamentary procedure can be modified, and so it does change over time. For example, the British Parliament has revised its rules of debate several times, even though the changes have not always been major ones (see Redlich 1905; Palonen 2014c; Vieira 2015).

Whenever an item is put on the parliamentary agenda, it cannot be removed without the consent of the House. It is also worth noting that time limits are set for each session. Debaters cannot afford to waste their allotted time slot. Parliamentary procedure can be modified, and so it does change over time. For example, the British Parliament has revised its rules of debate several times, even though the changes have not always been major ones (see Redlich 1905; Palonen 2014c; Vieira 2015). Still, those changes can indirectly affect the dynamics of the debates.

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