Framing and Security Issues in a Comparative Perspective: The Netherlands and the United States Examined

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Framing and Security Issues in a Comparative Perspective: The Netherlands and the United States Examined

Type: Bachelor thesis
Title: Framing and Security Issues in a Comparative Perspective: The Netherlands and the United States Examined
Author: Reuters, M.A.R.
Issue Date: 2014-02
Keywords: Framing
Security
Privacy
USA PATRIOT Act
United States
The Netherlands
Abstract: This thesis addresses two developments that have been ignored in the framing literature: the absence of security-related subjects in this field of research and the lack of comparative issue framing experiments. Although the research record to date has demonstrated highly robust evidence from issue framing experiments, this thesis argues that security-related subjects have been largely ignored in the academic debate about framing. This is striking, since security concerns, especially since the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001, play a prominent role in contemporary political-, societal- and mass media environments in the United States and Europe. Furthermore, this thesis demonstrates that a focus on security-issues fills the academic gap on comparative framing research: by comparing the influence of issue frames on security issues in two countries where the salience of these security issues differ (the United States and the Netherlands), this study examines whether pre-existing attitudes within the population towards security-issues might influence the strength of the effects of issue framing.
Supervisor: Stockmann, Dr. D.C.Tromble, Dr. R.K.
Faculty: Faculty of Social & Behavioral Sciences
Department: Politicologie (Bachelor)
Specialisation: Comparative Politics and Democracy
ECTS Credits: 20
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/24362
 

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