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The framing of politics as strategy and game: A review of concepts, operationalizations and key findings
Norges teknisk-naturvitenskapelige universitet, Norge.
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Information Technology and Media. (Demokratiinstitutet Demicom)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5964-102X
University of Amsterdam, Netherlands.
2012 (English)In: Journalism - Theory, Practice & Criticism, ISSN 1464-8849, E-ISSN 1741-3001, Vol. 13, no 2, p. 162-178Article, review/survey (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

A key concept in research on the media coverage of politics is the game or strategy frame. Contrasted with coverage of politics as issues, theframing of politics as a strategic game is marked by features such as winning and losing as the central concern and a focus on how candidates or parties are doing in opinion polls. The pervasiveness of such framing is, however, disputed since (1) the way in which the frames are conceptualized and operationalized differs significantly; and (2) while some use terms such as 'game frame' and 'strategy frame' as synonymous, others argue that there is a conceptual difference between them. Against this background, this article reviews research on the media's framing ofpolitics as a strategic game, what concepts have been used, and how they have been operationalized; and suggests a synthesis and ways of improving conceptual clarity and comparability in research on the media's use of strategy and/or game frames. © SAGE Publications 2011.

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2012. Vol. 13, no 2, p. 162-178
Keywords [en]
game frame, horse race frame, political news journalism, strategy frame
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-15689DOI: 10.1177/1464884911427799ISI: 000325265100003Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84855976318Local ID: DEMICOMOAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-15689DiVA, id: diva2:476306
Available from: 2012-01-11 Created: 2012-01-11 Last updated: 2017-12-08Bibliographically approved

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