Politikas izzušana Saeimas diskursā

Translated title of the contribution: Disappearance of politics in the Latvian parliamentary discourse

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“Depolitization” is a characteristic of contemporary democratic politics. How exactly depolitization looks like in Latvian politics? This paper analyzes the contextual usage of the word “political” in the Latvian parliamentary debate in 1993–2014. Depolitization means that the MPs avoid assuming subjective responsibility in decision-making. They represent their decisions as “objective”, dictated by the existing laws, facts, and expertise opinions collected by
the executive institutions. At the same time, the word “political” is referred to non-democratic decision-making. A “political” decision does not require debate and arguments, it is a voluntary act driven by internal convinction which cannot be put in words. Consequently, Latvian politics disregard a conflict resolution instrument which is the political procedure proper.
Translated title of the contributionDisappearance of politics in the Latvian parliamentary discourse
Original languageLatvian
Pages (from-to)51-58
JournalLatvijas Zinātņu Akadēmijas Vēstis. A daļa, Humanitārās un sociālās zinātnes.
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • Latvian parliament
  • Latvian corpus
  • Discourse analysis
  • Political
  • Depolitization

Field of Science*

  • 5.8 Media and Communication
  • 5.6 Political science

Publication Type*

  • 1.4. Reviewed scientific article published in Latvia or abroad in a scientific journal with an editorial board (including university editions)


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