Famous Last Words - A Comparative Focus on Resignation Speeches to Trace Contemporary European Instability: The Cases of David Cameron and Matteo Renzi

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Signorelli, V. 2019. Famous Last Words - A Comparative Focus on Resignation Speeches to Trace Contemporary European Instability: The Cases of David Cameron and Matteo Renzi. in: Desecrating Celebrity. Proceedings of the IV International Celebrity Studies Journal Conference Nuova Cultura.
AuthorsSignorelli, V.
Abstract

In 2016, the governing coalitions of two European countries each held a public referendum which resulted in the resignation of their celebrity leader. The British Prime Minister David Cameron quit after the “Leave” campaign won the Brexit vote in June. A few months later, in December, the Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi resigned as well, following the negative outcome of the Italian Constitutional referendum. Several media platforms broadcast their speeches in real time, marking the political fall of both leaders, precipitating a transition in power in their respective democracies and threatening the stability of the European Union.
In the light of the growing interest about the rise and impact of celebrity politicians, [see e.g. Street, 2004; Wheeler, 2013], this article provides a comparative insight into both Cameron and Renzi’s resignation ceremonies as key moments of tracing their downfall under the media spotlight - from high office to civilian life once more. Combining speech-writing and screenwriting tools in conjunction with celebrity studies, this paper investigates the ways in which a resignation ceremony marks the exact fall of an institutional representative; what words and communication strategy are used to preserve political stability and, finally, what celebrity politicians’ resignation speeches can tell us about the future of European leadership.

Book titleDesecrating Celebrity. Proceedings of the IV International Celebrity Studies Journal Conference
Year2019
PublisherNuova Cultura
Publication dates
Online30 Nov 2019
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Deposited15 Apr 2021
EventIV Celebrity Studies Journal Conference
ISBN9788833652719
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.4458/2719
Web address (URL)https://www.nuovacultura.it/catalogo/desecrating-celebrity-proceedings-of-the-iv-international-celebrity-studies-journal-conference/
Copyright holder© 2019 Edizioni Nuova Cultura
Book editorAndò, R.
Corsini, F.
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