|Conteúdo||This paper is part of my postdoctoral research project 'European solidarities in turmoil' (Academy of Finland, 2018-2021) which studies the relevance of identifications, interrelations and normative expectations in political persuasion in decision-making within the EU. The research, grounded in the traditions of ethnomethodology, discursive institutionalism and epistemic governance, seeks to explicate the local sense-making processes of political actors. In this presentation I will show, how the leaders of a sovereign nation-state cope with coercion exerted on them by the EU-Troika, an external source which is mandated to dictate national policies in exchange for financial aid under severe economic crisis. This kind of coercive setting challenges the values of sovereignty and integrity in a parlamentarian nation state. The analysis examines how national actors manage the setting without jeopardizing their responsibility. The paper approaches this question by analysing two diverse arenas: parliamentary debates and public accounts by political leaders in the media. The study evidences a variation in strategies to manage coercion: the politicians deploy both depoliticization and relativization in their talk. While discourses of depoliticization are frequent in the media, in parliamentary debates the predominant strategy is to emphasize the aspect of agency. Both strategies serve to portray responsibility in the face of external intervention, but in different communicative environments political leaders address different recipients and thus use different rhetorical tools to guard their institutional appearance and legitimacy. Our findings highlight the interactive and reciprocal nature of political action and change and in the contemporary world.|
Hanna Rautajoki runs a postdoctoral project ‘European Solidarities in Turmoil’ (Academy of Finland 2018 - 2021) at the Tampere University, at the Research Centre for Knowledge, Science, Technology and Innovation Studies (TaSTI). She has done her PhD in sociology (2014) on the strategies of societization in political discussions, investigating the tools for community building and actor identifications in political discourse. Her expertise is in the ethnomethodological studies of institutional interaction, moral discourse and membership categorization analysis. Rautajoki has extensive experience in interdisciplinary collaboration, ranging across a variety of fields from political science to media studies, public health, psychology and literature studies. In her current project, she analyzes the relational scaffolding of epistemic work in political rhetoric.