Curbing their antagonism : topics associated with a reduction in personal attacks at Prime Minister’s Questions

Waddle, M and Bull, P 2020, 'Curbing their antagonism : topics associated with a reduction in personal attacks at Prime Minister’s Questions' , Parliamentary Affairs, 73 (3) , pp. 543-564.

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This study of leaders’ exchanges in Prime Minister’s Questions considers the potential for foreign policy debate to be associated with uncharacteristic personal respect between political opponents. Using an existing dataset coded for a specific form of verbal aggression—personal attacks—questions to the Prime Minister spanning a 37-year period were further analysed for policy topic. Compared to questions and responses focused on domestic policies, foreign policy exchanges were significantly lower in personal attacks. Discussion includes the possibility of this being a British example of the old US adage politics stops at the water’s edge. Credible theoretical explanations include intergroup theories, and one linked to another US political science phenomenon (the rally ‘round the flag effect), specifically, patriotism.

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Additional Information: ** Article version: VoR ** From Crossref via Jisc Publications Router **Journal IDs: pissn 0031-2290; eissn 1460-2482 **History: published 01-07-2020; issued 30-03-2019; published_online 30-03-2019 **License for this article: starting on 30-03-2019, ,
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society
Journal or Publication Title: Parliamentary Affairs
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISSN: 0031-2290
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Date Deposited: 08 Jul 2020 08:40
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