Publication: Words matter - Political and gender analysis of speeches made by heads of government during the COVID-19 pandemic

Dada et al. (2021) have published an article in BJM Global Health on "Words matter - Political and gender analysis of speeches made by heads of government during the COVID-19 pandemic".

As the pandemic has put a spotlight on political leadership around the world, the authors analyze differences in public messages given by political leaders and their effects on the effectiveness of political responses as well as trust levels. In total, the authors analyze 122 speeches on COVID-19, made by 20 heads of government around the world. 

 

Key findings: 

  • Five primary themes emerged across the analyzed speeches: economics and financial relief, social welfare, nationalism, responsibility and paternalism, and emotional appeals.
  • Women spoke more frequently about the impact on the individual scale. 
  • Women leaders also described a wider range of social services, including: mental health, substance abuse and domestic violence. 

 

To read the full analysis and discussion, please click here. 

 

Citation: Dada, S.; Ashworth, H.C.; Bewa, M.J.; Dhatt, R. (2021). Words matter: political and gender analysis of speeches made by heads of government during the COVID-19 pandemic. In: BJM Global Health Vol. 6 (1). Available online: https://gh.bmj.com/content/6/1/e003910. 

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