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Framing employment relations in Western Europe


Wüest, Bruno; Fossati, Flavia (2012). Framing employment relations in Western Europe. CIS Working Paper 75, University of Zurich.

Abstract

During the past few decades, frame analysis has become a popular concept in political communication studies as a tool for understanding underlying beliefs and motives in public conflicts. The study of conflicts focusing on labor market reforms has even longer been of pivotal concern for several other social science sub-disciplines such as research on the welfare state. We try to combine these research traditions with a newspaper content analysis conducted in the U.K., France, Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Austria. The framing of employment relations varies across countries as could be expected on the basis of their historical legacies of politico-economic coordination, but only if we take the presence and degree of pressure for liberalizing reforms into account. Furthermore, the results show that, on both the political left and right, mainstream actors must be distinguished from challengers to explain actor-specific differences.

Abstract

During the past few decades, frame analysis has become a popular concept in political communication studies as a tool for understanding underlying beliefs and motives in public conflicts. The study of conflicts focusing on labor market reforms has even longer been of pivotal concern for several other social science sub-disciplines such as research on the welfare state. We try to combine these research traditions with a newspaper content analysis conducted in the U.K., France, Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Austria. The framing of employment relations varies across countries as could be expected on the basis of their historical legacies of politico-economic coordination, but only if we take the presence and degree of pressure for liberalizing reforms into account. Furthermore, the results show that, on both the political left and right, mainstream actors must be distinguished from challengers to explain actor-specific differences.

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Item Type:Working Paper
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Political Science
Dewey Decimal Classification:320 Political science
Uncontrolled Keywords:Framing, Employment Relations, Labor Market Reforms, Compensation Hypothesis, Content Analysis, Western Europe
Language:English
Date:2012
Deposited On:21 Dec 2017 10:47
Last Modified:20 Sep 2018 04:26
Series Name:CIS Working Paper
Number of Pages:37
ISSN:1662-7504
OA Status:Green
Free access at:Official URL. An embargo period may apply.
Official URL:https://www.ethz.ch/content/dam/ethz/special-interest/gess/cis/cis-dam/Research/Working_Papers/WP_2012/2012_WP75_Wueest_Fossati.pdf
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