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Explaining the "ebb and flow" of the problem stream: frame conflicts over the future of coal seam gas ("fracking") in Australia

Fawcett, Paul; Jensen, Michael P.; Ransan-Cooper, Hedda; Duus, Sonya

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Why do issues “fade” from the problem stream? This is an important but underresearched question, which this article examines by looking at the dynamic interaction between frames and frame sponsors. We develop a novel methodological approach that combines algorithmic coding (topic modelling) with hand-coding to track changes in the presence of frames and frame sponsors during periods of intense problematisation (“problem windows”) both within continuous contexts and diachronically across...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorFawcett, Paul
dc.contributor.authorJensen, Michael P.
dc.contributor.authorRansan-Cooper, Hedda
dc.contributor.authorDuus, Sonya
dc.date.accessioned2022-06-23T05:34:02Z
dc.date.available2022-06-23T05:34:02Z
dc.identifier.issn0143-814X
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/267501
dc.description.abstractWhy do issues “fade” from the problem stream? This is an important but underresearched question, which this article examines by looking at the dynamic interaction between frames and frame sponsors. We develop a novel methodological approach that combines algorithmic coding (topic modelling) with hand-coding to track changes in the presence of frames and frame sponsors during periods of intense problematisation (“problem windows”) both within continuous contexts and diachronically across different contexts. We apply this approach empirically in a corpus of newspaper articles that pertain to the coal seam gas controversy in Australia – a divisive policy issue where frame conflicts are common. We find that elite actors have a particularly decisive impact on the problem stream in terms of both the evolution and duration of debate. Further, problem windows close in response to three different mechanisms: elite frame convergence; public statements (by government and industry); and elections.
dc.description.sponsorshipThe authors acknowledge funding from the Australian Research Council (DP150103615)
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherCambridge University Press
dc.rights© The Author(s) 2018
dc.rights.urihttps://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
dc.sourceJournal of Public Policy
dc.subjectcoal seam gas
dc.subjectfracking
dc.subjectframing
dc.subjectmultiple streams framework
dc.subjectproblem stream
dc.subjecttopic modelling
dc.titleExplaining the "ebb and flow" of the problem stream: frame conflicts over the future of coal seam gas ("fracking") in Australia
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume39
dc.date.issued2018
local.identifier.absfor440805 - Environmental politics
local.identifier.absfor470103 - Environmental communication
local.identifier.ariespublicationa383154xPUB10049
local.publisher.urlhttp://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayJournal?jid=PUP
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationFawcett, Paul, University of Canberra
local.contributor.affiliationJensen, Michael P., University of Canberra
local.contributor.affiliationRansan-Cooper, Hedda, College of Engineering and Computer Science, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationDuus, Sonya, University of Canberra
dc.relationhttp://purl.org/au-research/grants/arc/DP150103615
local.bibliographicCitation.issue3
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage521
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage541
local.identifier.doi10.1017/S0143814X18000132
dc.date.updated2021-08-01T08:21:06Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-85047156293
dcterms.accessRightsOpen Access
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