Nicolae-Sorin DRĂGAN – Final Debates Like a New Beginning, a Functional Analysis of Televised Debates for the Presidential Elections in Romania, from November

Abstract: This study proposes an analysis of televised debates for presidential elections in Romania, in November 2014, from the perspective of functional theory of political campaign discourse. This study shows similarities with the results obtained in other countries, and highlights potential differences, which challenges the functional theory assumptions. The variability of the results can be explained if we consider some cultural particularities of the civilisation of dialogue in the local political life.

Key words: presidential debate; political televised debate; functional theory; political communication culture; political semiotics.

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