Brighenti, Andrea (2007) Playing Justification in Parliamentary Debates. A Case Study on the Italian Parliament. UNSPECIFIED.
This paper concerns the empirical study of a parliamentary debate that occurred at the Italian Parliament, in its two Houses, the Camera dei deputati (Chamber of Deputies) and the Senato (Senate). It aims at understanding the interactive processes and strategies that lead to the creation of a normative legal text – i.e., a text which contains normative propositions, as well as statements of intent, definitions, references to other legal documents etc. – as the process comes along within an institutional context endowed with its own specific set of constraints and rules. The debate we examine concerns the decision of joining and supporting the US-lead military coalition in the war against Iraq in 2003, a debate which took place under the Berlusconi government during winter–spring 2003. In particular, we examine the séance which took place in the Camera on Wednesday afternoon, February 19th, 2003.
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