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The role of frames in the public diesel ban policy debate in the city of Essen

Baumeister, Martin (2019) The role of frames in the public diesel ban policy debate in the city of Essen.

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Abstract:Climate change and environmental quality have been a dominant topic of discussion over a long period of time. With the discovery of fraud software used in Diesel-powered cars, it has become ever more important on the political agenda as well as a result also for the society. Newly introduced public policies prohibit diesel cars in certain streets, where limits set up within the “Luftreinheitsplan”, a plan to regulate air quality, are exceeded. With the introduction of such a policy in the summer of 2019, the A40 highway as well as its surrounding city areas will be the first large low emission zone, where diesel cars will be largely banned. The research will show two dominant frames that interact with each other and are the contributors for the public debate. Although all respondents but one shares the opinion that the environment is an important good and must be protected, a diesel ban policy does not reach a unanimous support. On the one hand, environmental frames dominate the debate for those who are not directly affected by the policy nor is their close social environment. Since the diesel-ban enforced by law is a new concept, not much has been researched yet. This exploratory paper will try to give an insight of the frames and uncover what influences them.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:43 environmental science
Programme:Management Society and Technology BSc (56654)
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