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Comunicación y medios

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JOHNSON BARELLA, Doris  and  PACHECO SILVA, César. Dominant frames in Michelle Bachelet’s presidential messages for a new Constitution in Chile: 2014-2017. Comun. medios [online]. 2019, vol.28, n.40, pp.14-27. ISSN 0716-3991.  http://dx.doi.org/10.5354/0719-1529.2019.53682.

Following the framing theory, this study analyzes the dominant interpretive frameworks in the discursive’s sense-making of Michelle Bachelet’s presidential messages when proposing a new Political Constitution of the State (CPE), in Chile, during her second presidential term (2014 to 2017). Under this framework, the article explores discursive strategies through which the demand for a new CPE is legitimized. Also, the article points out the need for a constituent process arising from the current institutional framework and, at the same time, a new constitution requires a wide political agreement. Regarding the discursive argumentation analyzed, the dictatorial and non-democratic roots of the current Chilean Constitution have been ignored. Indeed, the discourses analyzed reinforce the principles of democratic consensus, which brings back the founding ideals inspiring a National Accord under which the political transition to democracy was designed in the late 1980s.

Keywords : Framing; presidential messages; discursive strategies; dominant frameworks; constituent process.

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