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Michael Kranert

University of Southampton

Based in

United Kingdom

I am a linguist interested in comparative discourse analysis in English and German speaking countries. In order to analyse the influence of contextual differences on linguistic and discursive features, I use linguistic research methods from the field of discourse studies such as Corpus Assisted Discourse Analysis, Political Lexicography, Critical Metaphor Theory and Ethnography of communication. In the interpretation stage, I discuss my findings against the background of historical and sociological insights. I have published widely on political discourses of the Third Way and on populist discourses.

Currently, I am working on a comparative project that studies policy discourse on Net Zero commitments at the level of local politics and devolved government, asking how (inter)national policy discourses get recontextualised when implemented in local politics, and how that can affect the effectiveness of global and local policies.

Country(ies) of Specialty

Austria Germany United Kingdom

Focus areas of expertise

Climate policy and politics Communications research Net Zero

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Kranert, M. (2017) ‘“Today I offer you, and we offer the country a new vision”’, Discourse & Society, 28(2), pp. 182–203.

Kranert, M. (2018a) ‘Political myth as a legitimation strategy’, Journal of Language and Politics, 17(6), pp. 882–906.

Kranert, M. (2018b) ‘Populistische Elemente in den Wahlprogrammen von AfD und UKIP’, aptum. Zeitschrift für Sprachkritik und Sprachkultur, 14(1), pp. 61–77.

Kranert, M. (2019a) Discourse and political culture. Amsterdam; Philadelphia: John Benjamins Publishing Company (Discourse approaches to politics, society and culture, 1569-9463).

Kranert, M. (2019b) ‘Populist Elements in the Election Manifestoes of AfD and UKIP’, Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik, 67(3), pp. 265–282.

Kranert, M. et al. (2020) ‘COVID-19: the world and the words’, DiscourseNet Collaborative Working Paper Series, 2(9), pp. 1–8.

Kranert, M. (ed.) (2020) Discursive approaches to populism across disciplines. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Kranert, M. (2020d) ‘When populists call populists populists’, in M. Kranert (ed.) Discursive Approaches to Populism Across Disciplines. The Return of Populists and the People. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Kranert, M. (2021a) ‘Populismus und Anti-Populismus in politischen TV-Talkshows während des Bundestagswahlkampfs 2021’, aptum. Zeitschrift für Sprachkritik und Sprachkultur, 17(3), pp. 329–344.

Kranert, M. (2023) ‘On the Road to Net-Zero: Climate Change Discourses in Local Government’, in. Open DiscourseNet Seminar, London – monthly online seminar in Discourse Studies.

Kranert, M. (2024) ‘Language in the Politics of Populism’, in J. Chacko Chennattuserry, M. Deshpande, and P. Hong (eds) Encyclopedia of New Populism and Responses in the 21st Century. Singapore: Springer Nature Singapore, pp. 1–7.

Kranert, M. and Horan, G. (eds) (2018a) Doing politics. Amsterdam; Philadelphia: John Benjamins Publishing Company (Discourse approaches to politics, society and culture, 1569-9463).

Patrick-Thomson, H. and Kranert, M. (2020) ‘Don’t Work for Free: Online Discursive Resistance to Precarity in Commercial Photography’, Work, Employment and Society, p. 095001702095263.