Discourse Analysis

At the FFU we work in different projects with a discourse analysis approach. The objective of discourse analysis is to analyse how different actors perceive and conceptualise (‘frame’) complex issues, for example climate change, the use of natural resources or the Euro crises. Discourse analysis is a method to systemise debates, this means, to characterise the positions of the different actors and to identify the different lines of argument (‘discourses’).
Discourses contain views on the nature of and causalities that lead to a problem; on adequate policy goals, indicators and instruments; and whose duty it is to eliminate the problem (addressees).To enforce one discourse over another discourse – the so called, “framing” of a problem – is hence a political act, which is closely connected to the interests of the actors. In other words, in a discourse analysis we research the societal and political effects of discourses, i.e. the effects of power from discourses.

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The project aims at supporting and stimulating the emerging political and social debate on resource policies from a political science, legal and economic perspective. For this purpose the discussion on targets and indicators will be analyzed and options identified for selecting, operationalizing and prioritizing targets on resource policy.

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The Environmental Policy Research Centre is involved in the Alliance with a comprehensive project from the political science perspective. The project will investigate new governance requirements for the electricity system restructuring.

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In the light of the upcoming Rio 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), the study explores the stances of European civil society actors on issues related to the Green Economy as part of Sustainable Development.

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