author={Nico Carpentier and Bart Cammaerts},
  journal={Journalism Studies},
  pages={964 - 975}
Chantal Mouffe's political philosophy has been influential in a variety of domains, including sociology, cultural studies, media studies, law, art, literary criticism, and journalism studies. By combining Gramsci's focus on hegemony with post-structuralist theory she has developed—in collaboration with Ernesto Laclau—a sophisticated perspective on the political that intersects with all aspects of society, including the role and functioning of journalism. Her emphasis on the productive role of… 
Agonistic Pluralism and Journalism: De-centering Dominant Journalistic Norms
In this article I apply a poststructuralist perspective to journalism. I argue that Chantal Mouffe’s theory of agonistic pluralism provides a powerful theoretical site from which to critically
Ethnic Media and Counterhegemony: Agonistic Pluralism, Policy, and Professionalism
In this article I use Chantal Mouffe’s theory of agonistic pluralism as a framework through which to analyze the actual and potential role of ethnic media as facilitators of counterhegemonic
Habermas, Mouffe and Political Communication
Abstract Much of the research on communication and democracy continues to lean on Jürgen Habermas’s work. However, many aspects of his approach have been intensely criticised in recent debates, both
In objectivity we trust? Pluralism, consensus, and ideology in journalism studies
This article starts from the observation that the concept of objectivity, along with its twin sentries ‘balance’ and ‘impartiality’, is generally regarded as a cornerstone of journalism and,
Writing the history of the victors?: Discourse, social change and (radical) democracy
Recently, interest in radical democracy and communism has increased dramatically among cultural theorists. This paper draws attention to two other fields in which a similar shift is visible. First,
Understanding Ethnic Media Through Agonism
I apply agonistic pluralism to ethnic media via two perspectives; the existing hegemonic structures and norms that can be identified through an agonistic approach, and the ethnic media practices that
Communication without ‘The Enemy’: Transnational Intellectuals and Narratives of Reconciliation
This article focuses on the discussion of means that can help to replace political narratives of the “enemies” with political narratives of reconciliation. Among the three intellectual obstacles we
Popular politics a dicourse theory analysis of Ecuador President Rafael Correa's TV/radio program Citizen Link
At a moment when the relationships between media and politics seem to be challenging democracy, very polarised media wars have emerged in the context of Latin America's ‘left turn’. The private
Debating News Media: Politics, Identities, and Alternatives in the Greek Mediascape
ABSTRACT Against the backdrop of intertwined crises, this study explores discursive interplays between news media, journalists, and the audience. Analyzing media texts, it sets as its epicentre
Scooped : the politics and power of journalism in Aotearoa New Zealand
Scooped: The Politics and Power of Journalism in Aotearoa New Zealand critically examines some of the most pressing economic, political, social and cultural issues facing journalism in Aotearoa New


  • C. Mouffe
  • Political Science
    The Licit Life of Capitalism
  • 2019
Since September 11th, we frequently hear that political differences should be put aside: the real struggle is between good and evil. What does this mean for political and social life? Is there a
What is journalism?
The history of journalism in elective democracies around the world has been described as the emergence of a professional identity of journalists with claims to an exclusive role and status in
Dimensions of radical democracy : pluralism, citizenship, community
The themes of citizenship and community are today at the center of a fierce debate as both left and right try to mobilize them for their cause. For the left such notions are crucial in all the
The Return of the Political
In this work, Mouffe argues that liberal democracy misunderstands the problems of ethnic, religious and nationalist conflicts because of its inadequate conception of politics. He suggests that the
Habermas and the public sphere
It is now over 20 years since Habermas’ concept of the public sphere was introduced to Anglo-Saxon media studies, since when it has undoubtedly become and, on the evidence of the books under review,
Identity, contingency and rigidity
This article uses key notions of the discourse theory of Laclau and Mouffe to analyze the identity of the media professional. Within their post-structural framework, this identity is seen as
Public Sphere and Experience: Toward an Analysis of the Bourgeois and Proletarian Public Sphere
mobilization, which relies above all on ethical and merely political impulses, necessarily creates a mechanism of exclusion that eliminates concrete interests because they cannot stand up to the
Media at War: The Iraq Crisis
PART ONE: THE MEDIA GO TO WAR Journalists Go to War Embedding Down The Safety of Journalists Embedding and Identification Information Management PART TWO: THE MEDIA COVERAGE The Pre-Invasion Phase
The manufacture of news;: Social problems, deviance and the mass media
How do the mass media respond to deviant behaviour and social problems? Illustrated by material ranging from drug-taking and mugging to racial and industrial conflict, questions the effects and
Crowds and Power
Part 1 The crowd: the fear of being touched the open and closed crowd the discharge destructiveness the eruption persecution domestication of crowds in the world religions panic the crowd as a ring