Det politiske Danmark, et casestudie af Anders Fogh Rasmussens legitimering af dansk deltagelse i Irak-krigen

Maja Blenstrup

Studenteropgave: Speciale


Political Denmark - A case study by Anders Fogh Rasmussen’s legitimation, of the Danish participation in the Iraq war.
The purpose of this interdisciplinary thesis is to investigate witch discursive construction, of the occupation and the cooperation policy that Anders Fogh Rasmussen made in his attempt to legitimize the Danish participation in the Iraqi war. And there for how this differs from previously used discourses on this matter. The problem formulation is examined and based on, a case study of the Danish participation in the Iraq war as well as the historical narrative that has unfolded regarding the occupation, and throughout the years. The collected empirical data is centered on three representative impact points, in the connection with the holding day, of the Danish Liberation Day in 1945, respectively in 1955, 1985 and 1995, and consists primarily of newspaper articles from this period. The analysis, which is twofold, is based upon a document analysis of newspaper articles from the anniversaries, respectively, and by Anders Fogh Rasmussen’s political speeches, in connection with the commemoration day for termination of cooperation policy. The analysis is based on a discourse-theoretical approach, of Norman Fairclough’s critical discourse theory, as well as Ernesto Laclaus and Chantal Mouffe’s discourse theory. This contributes to explaining and analyzing the language parameters, that makes up the empirical and there for the discursive directions. The analysis explains that there has been a change in the discourse about the occupation over time, which is seen in connection with the holding of the anniversaries, and that the political context has had an impact on this. The conclusion is that Anders Fogh Rasmussen manages to construct a discourse, using previously discursive directions, for the historical narrative about the occupation. Which contributes to legitimizing the foreign policy decision, to send Danish forces into the war in Iraq. By articulating various groups, including the Resistance Movement and the Military as heroic, and awarding them the credit for Denmark’s existence in connection with World War II. With this Anders Fogh Rasmussen manages to change past official political messages, and instead create an increase the nation feeling, and a national need to secure peace and democracy at an international level.
Keywords: Iraq war, disc theory, case study, document study, cooperation policy.

UddannelserPolitik og Administration, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat
Antal sider70
VejledereAllan Dreyer Hansen & Claus Bundgård Christensen


  • Irak-krigen
  • Diskursteori
  • Casestudie
  • Dokumentstudie
  • Samarbejdspolitikken