Domestic structures and everyday life in the communication of hegemonic discourses : the case of globalisation in Greece and Ireland
The thesis explores the interplay between hegemonic discourses and domestic institutional arrangements. The purpose of the study is twofold. First, to use primary and comparative material in order to shed light on what is a hegemonic discourse, what it does, and how it does it. Second, to examine the role of different political economies and different domestic structures and institutional arrangements in the dissemination and materialisation of hegemonic discourses. To do so the thesis develops a theoretical framework, a 'hegemonic-discourse-communication model', that allows the questions about the nature and the function of hegemonic discourses to be addressed in the framework of comparative institutional analysis. For the purposes of the above research globalisation is taken as an instance of a hegemonic discourse, and Greece and Ireland are selected as countries belonging to different models of political economy (the Mediterranean/Continental and the Anglo- Saxon models respectively). Within this framework the thesis scrutinises the impact that globalisation had on the discourses and policies of key institutional actors, such as political parties, workers' unions, employers' associations, the press and the church, in the two countries, during the 1990s. The thesis concludes that understanding and studying hegemonic discourses entails moving beyond the general categories of models of political economy and institutional arrangements to case and spatiotemporally specific characteristics that affect the dynamics between the 'hegemonic' and the 'publics' of the 'international'. Furthermore, the thesis suggests and evaluates the potentials of a Hegemonic Discourse Approach (HDA) in the study of change and continuity in world politics and economics.