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Perceptions of democracy and the rise of Donald Trump: a framing analysis of Saudi Arabian media

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posted on 01.08.2019, 00:00 authored by Benjamin IsakhanBenjamin Isakhan, Zim NwokoraZim Nwokora, Chengxin PanChengxin Pan
The 2016 US presidential election, which brought Donald J. Trump to power, raised concerns that his ascendency could undermine US democracy promotion and enable illiberal regimes to resist calls for reform. This article seeks to hold this argument up to empirical scrutiny via a framing analysis of coverage of the US election in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA). To some extent, the analysis supports the claim: throughout the election, the KSA media offered several substantive criticisms of democracy. However, Trump’s campaign also served as a catalyst for a discussion about the merits of democracy, revealing some admiration for its key principles, and an acknowledgement of the challenges it faces in the 21st century.

History

Journal

Global media and communication

Volume

15

Issue

2

Pagination

159 - 175

Publisher

SAGE Publications

Location

London, Eng.

ISSN

1742-7665

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

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2019, The Author(s)