The climate of debate: How institutional factors shape legislative discourses on climate change. A comparative framing perspective

Häussler, Thomas; Schmid-Petri, Hannah; Adam, Silke; Reber, Ueli; Arlt, Dorothee (2016). The climate of debate: How institutional factors shape legislative discourses on climate change. A comparative framing perspective. Studies in communication sciences, 16(1), pp. 94-102. Elsevier 10.1016/j.scoms.2016.04.002

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Although political institutions and their actors are at the heart of the democratic process, we know little about the effect of institutional configurations on legislative discourses. The article conducts a comparative frame analysis of climate change debates in the legislative bodies of four countries—Switzerland, Germany, the UK and the US—that differ in the degree to which they correspond to majoritarian or consensus democracies. The study finds systematic differences with regard to salience of the issue, frame and actor diversity and the degree of polarisation. The implications are discussed and the article addresses limitations and areas for future research.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Social Sciences > Institute of Mass Communication Studies

UniBE Contributor:

Häussler, Thomas; Schmid-Petri, Hannah; Adam, Silke; Reber, Ueli and Arlt, Dorothee

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology

ISSN:

1424-4896

Publisher:

Elsevier

Funders:

[4] Swiss National Science Foundation

Language:

English

Submitter:

Ueli Reber

Date Deposited:

12 Jun 2018 09:41

Last Modified:

09 Oct 2018 07:43

Publisher DOI:

10.1016/j.scoms.2016.04.002

Uncontrolled Keywords:

Cross-country comparison Legislative discourse Climate change Frame analysis Consensus Majoritarian

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.112839

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/112839

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