Monika Verbalyte

Evoking Forgiveness Without Apology: Emotional Anatomy of the Political Resignation

Monika Verbalyte provides further research on the micro-level. Verbalyte presents a deep analysis of the prominent German scandal case of former Minister of Defense, Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg. The study uses a discursive analysis of zu Guttenberg’s resignation speech and guided interviews with supporters of zu Guttenberg during the scandal. Her empirical findings suggest that his supporters internalized the fallen hero narrative. The methodologically ambitious qualitative study shows how scandalization processes create and substantiate deeper maintained relationship between the scandalized politician and ordinary citizens. This methodological framework could be used for the study of further political scandals because it helps to understand deeper beliefs and emotions in the context of scandals.

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