Advocacy coalitions, beliefs and climate change policy in the United States

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Kukkonen , A K , Ylä-Anttila , M T & Broadbent , J 2017 , ' Advocacy coalitions, beliefs and climate change policy in the United States ' , Public Administration , vol. 95 , no. 3 , pp. 713–729 . https://doi.org/10.1111/padm.12321

Title: Advocacy coalitions, beliefs and climate change policy in the United States
Author: Kukkonen, Anna Kristiina; Ylä-Anttila, Matti Tuomas; Broadbent, Jeffrey
Contributor organization: Sociology
Department of Social Research (2010-2017)
Date: 2017-05-03
Language: eng
Number of pages: 17
Belongs to series: Public Administration
ISSN: 0033-3298
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/padm.12321
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/311257
Abstract: The Advocacy Coalition Framework (ACF) asserts that disagreement over policy core beliefs divides organizations into competing coalitions. We apply Discourse Network Analysis to 1,410 statements in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times and USA Today to investigate what kinds of beliefs contribute to coalition formation in the climate change policy debate in the news media in the United States. We find that the beliefs concerning the reality of anthropogenic climate change, the importance of ecology over economy and desirability of governmental regulation divide organizations into three advocacy coalitions: the economy, ecology and science coalitions. Policy preferences such as cap and trade do not; they find support across coalition lines. Based on these findings, we suggest that ACF theory could be clarified to better account for how beliefs concerning policy instruments contribute to coalition formation. In some policy domains, policy instruments are where opposing coalitions find agreement. In others, they are more divisive.
Subject: 517 Political science
Peer reviewed: Yes
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