Identifying frames: a comparison of research methods

Frida Boräng, Rainer Eising, Heike Klüver, Christine Mahoney, Daniel Naurin, Daniel Rasch, Patrycja Rozbicka

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Framing plays an important role in public policy. Interest groups strategically highlight some aspects of a policy proposal while downplaying others in order to steer the policy debate in a favorable direction. Despite the importance of framing, we still know relatively little about the framing strategies of interest groups due to methodological difficulties that have prevented scholars from systematically studying interest group framing across a large number of interest groups and multiple policy debates. This article therefore provides an overview of three novel research methods that allow researchers to systematically measure interest group frames. More specifically, this article introduces a word-based quantitative text analysis technique, a manual, computer-assisted content analysis approach and face-to-face interviews designed to systematically identify interest group frames. The results generated by all three techniques are compared on the basis of a case study of interest group framing in an environmental policy debate in the European Union.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)188-201
Number of pages14
JournalInterest Groups and Advocacy
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jun 2014


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