Elections, Policy and the Media: Tasmania's Forests and the 2004 Federal Election

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Title Elections, Policy and the Media: Tasmania's Forests and the 2004 Federal Election
Author Hollander, Robyn
Journal Name Australian Journal of Political Science
Year Published 2006
Place of publication UK
Publisher Routledge/Taylor & Francis
Abstract Much of the academic literature holds the media responsible for the proliferation of the game frame as a way of reporting on elections. This paper challenges that view through an examination of media coverage of forest policy in the 2004 Federal election. The study of articles published in three major broadsheets finds that the majority of stories were set within the game frame, which depicts elections as sporting contests, and that far fewer articles focused on the issue. The lack of interest in policy is characteristic of election reporting but, in this case, can be attributed to the way in which the major parties managed their campaigns. Not only did they drive the game frame but, as policy makers, also determined the frame within which the limited media consideration of policy substance was set. The article concludes that political actors must take, at least, some responsibility for the domination of the game frame in election reporting.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Volume 41
Issue Number 4
Page from 569
Page to 584
ISSN 1036-1146
Date Accessioned 2007-03-12
Language en_AU
Research Centre Centre for Governance and Public Policy
Faculty Griffith Business School
Subject Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/13925
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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