Journal article

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

Paul Fawcett, Michael J Jensen, Hedda Ransan-Cooper, Sonya Duus

JOURNAL OF PUBLIC POLICY | CAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS | Published : 2019

Abstract

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 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 fi..

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Grants

Awarded by Australian Research Council


Funding Acknowledgements

The authors acknowledge funding from the Australian Research Council (DP150103615), as well as the extremely helpful comments and suggestions on earlier versions of this article from Dr Francesco Balio and Dr Matt Wood, the journal's four reviewers and the journal's Field Editor, Professor Fabrizio Gilardi.