Mapping the landscape of public policy debate through analysis of evidence-based arguments in news media content: A case study

Laurent, Nathan R. (2016) Mapping the landscape of public policy debate through analysis of evidence-based arguments in news media content: A case study. Masters by Research thesis, Queensland University of Technology.


This case study of the debate around broad-scale land-clearing in Queensland adds to knowledge about the place of news media in resolving public policy issues. It includes an historical account of the issue, and from the evidence of newspaper contents, observes that some parties in such debates are likely to only conditionally accept policy outcomes, such as enacted legislation. Focusing on the regulation of broad-scale land-clearing between 1998 and 2006, the study identifies, analyses, and compares relevant, evidence-based arguments from policy stakeholders published in two Queensland newspapers: a metropolitan daily and a rural industry weekly.

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ID Code: 98725
Item Type: QUT Thesis (Masters by Research)
Supervisor: Duffield, Lee & Grayson, Louise
Keywords: News media content analysis, News sources, Political communication, Environmental communication, Land-clearing, Tree-clearing, Vegetation management, Public policy, Evidence-based arguments, Claims-making
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Current > Schools > School of Media, Entertainment & Creative Arts
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 22 Sep 2016 00:52
Last Modified: 22 Sep 2016 00:52

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