Up with ecology, down with economy? : The consolidation of the idea of climate change mitigation in the global public sphere

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Ylä-Anttila , M T , Vesa , J A , Eranti , V , Kukkonen , A K , Lehtimäki , T H , Lonkila , M & Luhtakallio , E 2018 , ' Up with ecology, down with economy? The consolidation of the idea of climate change mitigation in the global public sphere ' , European Journal of Communication , vol. 33 , no. 6 , pp. 587-603 . https://doi.org/10.1177/0267323118790155

Title: Up with ecology, down with economy? : The consolidation of the idea of climate change mitigation in the global public sphere
Author: Ylä-Anttila, Matti Tuomas; Vesa, Juho Antti; Eranti, Veikko; Kukkonen, Anna Kristiina; Lehtimäki, Tomi Henrik; Lonkila, Markku; Luhtakallio, Eeva
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science (HELSUS)
University of Helsinki, Academic Disciplines of the Faculty of Social Sciences
University of Helsinki, Sociology
University of Helsinki, Department of Social Research (2010-2017)
University of Helsinki, University of Tampere
Date: 2018-12
Language: eng
Number of pages: 17
Belongs to series: European Journal of Communication
ISSN: 0267-3231
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/278902
Abstract: Building on theories of valuation and evaluation, we develop an analytical framework that outlines six elements of the process of consolidation of an idea in the public sphere. We then use the framework to analyse the process of consolidation of the idea of climate change mitigation between 1997 and 2013, focusing on the interplay between ecological and economic evaluations. Our content analysis of 1274 articles in leading newspapers in five countries around the globe shows that (1) ecological arguments increase over time, (2) economic arguments decrease over time, (3) the visibility of environmental nongovernmental organizations as carriers of ecological ideas increases over time, (4) the visibility of business actors correspondingly decreases, (5) ecological ideas are increasingly adopted by political and business elites and (6) a compromise emerges between ecological and economic evaluations, in the form of the argument that climate change mitigation boosts, rather than hinders economic growth.
Subject: Climate change
ecology
economy
evaluation
news media
MEDIA
COVERAGE
US
DISCOURSE
VALUATION
POLITICS
GERMAN
POWER
517 Political science
5141 Sociology
518 Media and communications
1172 Environmental sciences
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