In this innovative analysis, Geoffrey Craig looks at the interrogative exchanges between politicians and journalists. The power struggles and evasions in these encounters often leave the public exasperated, but it is the politicians’ negotiation of these struggles that determines success. Drawing on analyses of the language and performances of leaders such as Barack Obama and David Cameron, Craig examines the particular kinds of interactions that occur across political interviews, debates, conferences, and talk shows. The political games that take place between politicians and journalists, he argues, constitute the true theatre of politics.
Engaging and insightful, Performing Politics will appeal to students and scholars of journalism, politics, linguistics, and media studies, as well as anyone concerned about the quality of contemporary political communication.
Preface and Acknowledgements 9
Chapter 1 Mediated Political Performance 16
Chapter 2 Political Games 36
Chapter 3 Political Interviews 58
Chapter 4 Leaders' Debates 83
Chapter 5 Press Conferences 108
Chapter 6 Current Affairs Forum Television 132
Chapter 7 Political Celebrity Interviews 154