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How news media (de-)legitimize national and international climate politics – A content analysis of newspaper coverage in five countries


Kleinen-von Königslöw, Katharina; Post, Senja; Schäfer, Mike S (2019). How news media (de-)legitimize national and international climate politics – A content analysis of newspaper coverage in five countries. The International Communication Gazette, 81(6-8):518-540.

Abstract

Implementing global climate change policies on the national and sub-national level requires the support of many societal actors. This support depends on the perceived legitimacy of climate policies, which can be sustained by legitimation debates in domestic news media. This article analyses legitimation statements on climate politics in newspapers of five countries for three Conferences of the Parties in 2004, 2009 and 2014 ( n = 369 legitimation statements). According to our data, it is mainly the legitimacy of international climate policies (instead of national ones) which is evaluated in national fora, and it is usually portrayed negatively. However, there is a noticeable shift in the arguments used over our 10-year period of analysis, moving from efficiency as the dominating evaluation criterion to questions of fairness in the distribution of costs and gains.

Abstract

Implementing global climate change policies on the national and sub-national level requires the support of many societal actors. This support depends on the perceived legitimacy of climate policies, which can be sustained by legitimation debates in domestic news media. This article analyses legitimation statements on climate politics in newspapers of five countries for three Conferences of the Parties in 2004, 2009 and 2014 ( n = 369 legitimation statements). According to our data, it is mainly the legitimacy of international climate policies (instead of national ones) which is evaluated in national fora, and it is usually portrayed negatively. However, there is a noticeable shift in the arguments used over our 10-year period of analysis, moving from efficiency as the dominating evaluation criterion to questions of fairness in the distribution of costs and gains.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Department of Communication and Media Research
Dewey Decimal Classification:300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology
Uncontrolled Keywords:Climate change politics, comparative content analysis, conference of the parties, global governance, legitimation debates, transnational public sphere
Language:English
Date:29 January 2019
Deposited On:26 Nov 2019 07:43
Last Modified:26 Nov 2019 07:44
Publisher:Sage Publications
ISSN:1748-0485
OA Status:Green
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1177/1748048518825092

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