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From Alleged Failing to a Burden Sharing System? A Newspaper Analysis on the Dublin Procedures in the Syrian Refugee Crisis

Steinert, Anna (2016) From Alleged Failing to a Burden Sharing System? A Newspaper Analysis on the Dublin Procedures in the Syrian Refugee Crisis.

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Abstract:Since there is a strong focus on legal analysis and there seems to be mostly descriptive research on the DR as of yet, the present thesis addresses this gap by providing a newspaper analysis. Newspaper articles have been chosen as data source because of their influence, importance and outreach to the public. More specifically, mass media has the potential to shape the public opinion (Ball-Rokeach & DeFleur 1976, Beck 2013, Luhmann 1996/2000). A total of 84 newspaper articles from the UK, Germany and Austria and from two climactic periods are analyzed. During these two time spans, the DR was more frequently discussed in the media and allegations of its failing increased. The selected newspaper articles are analyzed using a content analysis with regard to the aforementioned research questions. This approach allows for contextualized interpretation of ideas (Schreier 2012) of the two cost-benefit and norm-based logics expressed in the newspaper articles. In this way, it further clarifies how the theoretical reasons for cooperation in a refugee distribution scheme are actually phrased by the media and represented in society. Hence, this study aims to contribute to the existing research on the relevance and opportunities of a new burden sharing system. In the following Chapter 2, the theoretical framework for this thesis is built. This is carried out through providing some background to the DR, presenting the theoretical approaches to the challenge of 4 burden sharing and introducing theoretical concepts on the role of the media. To summarize the theory chapter, the model of the conceptual framework is displayed. Subsequently, the methodological strategy for the thesis is discussed in Chapter 3. After introducing the research design, the methods of data collection and data analysis are presented, followed by the operationalization. Chapter 4 concentrates on the findings of the analysis. It is firstly structured with the reportage on the DR, secondly the leaning towards a burden sharing system and lastly the influence of the two logics of social action. The final Chapter 5 draws conclusions from the analysis.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:05 communication studies, 70 social sciences in general, 71 sociology, 88 social and public administration, 89 political science
Programme:Management Society and Technology BSc (56654)
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