Parliamentary communication

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This study attempts to capture the characteristics of parliamentary debates in the Russian State Duma (<i>Gosduma</i>) according to the following criteria: quality of data (e.g. editorial specifics of the transcripts), turn-taking system, forms of address, Internet communication and TV coverage. The comparison of the Russian findings with the British Hansard Report reveals a striking contrast: the Russian data manifests a far broader range of variation in many respects, which is obviously due to much more liberal or even completely lacking regulations. It seems to be a fair assumption that these diverging attitudes can be partly explained by the different prestige of both institutions in their respective societies: in particular, as can be seen in numerous examples quoted, the Gosduma resents the lack of attention, if not the disrespect it experiences from government representatives, television, as well as the broad public.


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