Policy Discourse, Framing, and Opinion
Policy is crafted and communicated through complex discursive processes that both reflect and constitute public culture. How policy and politics is framed and branded by strategic actors, communicated between citizens, and interpreted by citizens can influence citizen engagement, decision-making, and action. Public opinion and public policy are intrinsically linked. Public opinion can either constrain or widen options for public policy, while policy discourse simultaneously influences public opinion formation.
CCPP researchers examine how these discursive, communicative, and opinion processes intersect with, and inform, public policy across a variety of domains including science, technology, and the environment, public health, and foreign affairs.
Recent Selected Publications
- Beer, F.A. and Hariman, R. (2020). Learning from the pandemic: Catastrophic epistemology. Social Epistemology Review and Reply Collective 9 (5): 19-28.
- Hale, H. and Kamenchuk, O. (2020). Don’t Call It a Cold War: Findings from the Russian-American Relations Survey 2019. The Working Group on the Future of U.S.-Russia Relations.
- Nabi, R., Walter, N., Oshidary, N., Endacott, C. G., Lew, Z., Aune, A., & Love-Nichols, J. (2020). Can emotions capture the elusive gain/loss framing effect? A meta-analysis. Communication Research, 47(8), 1107-1130
- Billard, T.J. (2019). Setting the transgender agenda: Intermedia agenda-setting in the digital news environment. Politics, Groups, and Identities 7 (1): 165–176.
- Newman, T., Nisbet, E.C., and Nisbet, M.C. (2018). Climate Change, Cultural Cognition, and Media Effects: Worldviews Drive News Selectivity, Biased Processing, and Polarized Attitudes. Public Understanding of Science, 27(8), 985-1002
- Hariman, R. and Lucaiter, J.L. (2016). The Public Image: Photography and Civic Spectatorship. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
Recent Sponsored Projects:
- Mutual Perceptions of Russians and Americans (Sponsored by Carnegie Corporation/Valdai Club)
- Co-Evolution of Upstream Human Behavior and Downstream Ecosystem Services in a Changing Climate (Sponsored by National Science Foundation)