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Pirates on the liquid shores of liberal democracy: movement frames of European pirate parties

Cammaerts, Bart ORCID: 0000-0002-9508-5128 (2015) Pirates on the liquid shores of liberal democracy: movement frames of European pirate parties. Javnost - the Public, 22 (1). pp. 19-36. ISSN 1318-3222

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Identification Number: 10.1080/13183222.2015.1017264


In this article, the movement frames of European Pirate Parties are analysed through a thematic analysis of texts relating to the Pirate Parties and transcripts of semi-structured interviews with representatives of Pirate Parties across three European countries – Germany, UK and Belgium. At the level of the diagnostic and prognostic frames the Pirate Parties address contentious issues and discourses about civic liberties, privacy and access to knowledge in a digital era, but they also critique liberal representative democracy as such, which they argue needs to incorporate delegative models of democracy. In addition to this, a pro-social frame is presented emphasizing free education and a basic income. In order to achieve these aims the Pirate Parties develop a distinct collective identity and foster political agency through activism and by participating in electoral politics. Lack of electoral appeal and low levels of membership is some countries, inability to deal with conflicts and an unwillingness to clarify its ideological position and the precise relationship between a libertarian freedom-related agenda and a social justice agenda represent challenges for the Pirate Parties.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 2015 European Institute for Communication and Culture (EURICOM)
Divisions: Media and Communications
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
Date Deposited: 26 May 2015 12:12
Last Modified: 19 Jun 2024 01:24

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