Rose, Richard (2008) Political communication in a European public space: language, the Internet and understanding as soft power. Journal of Common Market Studies, 46 (2). pp. 451-475. ISSN 1468-5965Full text not available in this repository. (Request a copy from the Strathclyde author)
This article demonstrates that the European Union's linguistic diversity policy is a barrier to greater popular participation in a European public space. It sets out three political communication models: elite discourse, aggregative democracy and deliberation in a European public space; each has different linguistic requirements. It presents survey evidence showing that Europeans are ‘voting with their mouths’ for a single lingua franca, resulting in English as a foreign language (EFL) becoming the most widely understood language in the EU and its use on the internet for transnational as well as domestic communication. More than one-third of Europeans now have the basic prerequisites for participation in a European public space: they are internet users and know the lingua franca of Europe, EFL. The EU's linguistic diversity policy is even more a barrier for participation in a global public space in which EFL is now the lingua franca of Asia and other continents. It concludes that knowledge of EFL does not confer soft power on Anglophones but on Europeans using it in interactions with monoglot American and English speakers.
|Keywords:||linguistic diversity policy , European Union, Political institutions (Europe), Business, Management and Accounting(all), Economics and Econometrics, Business and International Management, Political Science and International Relations|
|Subjects:||Political Science > Political institutions (Europe)|
|Department:||Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) > School of Government and Public Policy > Politics|
|Depositing user:||Pure Administrator|
|Date Deposited:||31 May 2012 14:17|
|Last modified:||04 May 2016 22:01|