Austerity in the Commons: A corpus critical analysis of austerity and its surrounding grammatical context in Hansard (1803-2015)

Lesley Jeffries, Brian Walker

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Abstract

June 2015 saw thousands of UK citizens join ‘anti-austerity’ protests after the surprise election of the Conservative Party as the party of government at the Westminster parliament. People in other European countries have also campaigned against the prevailing political ideology that asserts that ‘we’ need to ‘balance the books.’ The very existence of a protest movement defining itself by opposition to austerity supports the status of austerity as a sociopolitical keyword summarizing a complex political process.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDiscourse analysis and austerity. Critical studies from economics and linguistics
EditorsKate Power, Tanweer Ali, Eva Lebdušková
PublisherRoutledge
Chapter3
Number of pages27
ISBN (Electronic) 9781315208190
ISBN (Print)9780367671587
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 04 Mar 2019

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