Actors and issues in climate change policy: The maturation of a policy discourse in the national and international context

Kammerer, Marlene; Ingold, Karin (2021). Actors and issues in climate change policy: The maturation of a policy discourse in the national and international context (In Press). Social networks, pp. 1-13. Elsevier 10.1016/j.socnet.2021.08.005

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Policy discourses are important platforms for political actors to express their preferences on certain issues and are usually linked to a specific policy subsystem. From a research perspective, they have the potential to indicate ideological coalitions, policy change and learning. Using discourse network analysis, we identify core policy actors, issues, and coalitions in Switzerland’s climate policy discourse and investigate how they have evolved over the past 15 years. In line with the policy process literature, we expected to see more stability than change in the discourse linked to the mature climate policy subsystem. However, our results have shown that policy discourses are more volatile than policy subsystems, and that national and international policy developments are able to trigger change, particularly in terms of the configuration of actor coalitions and the issues discussed.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Social Sciences > Institute of Political Science
10 Strategic Research Centers > Oeschger Centre for Climate Change Research (OCCR)

UniBE Contributor:

Kammerer, Marlene and Ingold, Karin Mirjam

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 320 Political science

ISSN:

0378-8733

Publisher:

Elsevier

Language:

English

Submitter:

Jack Kessel Baker

Date Deposited:

22 Sep 2021 14:43

Last Modified:

22 Sep 2021 14:51

Publisher DOI:

10.1016/j.socnet.2021.08.005

BORIS DOI:

10.48350/159155

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/159155

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