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Faculté des sciences sociales
Pavillon Charles-De Koninck
1030, av. des Sciences-Humaines
Local 3456-E
Québec (Québec) G1V 0A6


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Le Département de science politique, la Chaire de recherche sur la démocratie et les institutions parlementaires, le Centre d'analyse des politiques publiques, le Groupe de recherche en communication politique et l'APEUL vous invitent à assister à la conférence de M. Jacob Hesselbach, de l’Université Libre de Bruxelles.

Résumé de Mr. Hesselbach :
« In this presentation, I seek to demonstrate how, why and when first impressions matter in framing contests. I conceptualize this by focusing on the course of initial framing contests and investigating the ways that first-mover advantages get translated into lasting impacts. The dynamics under scrutiny are especially evident in regulatory debates over disruptive innovations, such as hydraulic fracturing (fracking) and electronic cigarettes. By disruptive, I mean to emphasize not only the substantial technical and material differences of the technologies, but in particular the extent to which they challenge the foundations of their social embeddedness, in other words, the expectations, norms and institutions associated with their use. Regulatory debates concerning these technologies are therefore characterized by intense framing contests as participants scramble to make sense of what the innovations mean and what they represent. Drawing on interviews with key policy actors and secondary document analysis, I show how the outcomes of initial framing contests in the European Union’s recent regulatory debates over these issues had a lasting impact on the policy process, which resulted in some interpretations and actors being favoured over others. Specifically, this occurs when frames cause initial expectations to be institutionalized and subsequently understood as normal in further runs of social activity. The cases vary in the degree to which initial framing contests were exposed to the wider public. While the e-cigarette debate initially took place among like-minded and similarly trained public health officials, the fracking debate was very public and controversial from the beginning. This led to differences in how first impressions mattered in each case. »

Date et heure
Jeudi 5 novembre 2015 de 11 h 45 à 13 h

Pavillon De Koninck, local 5325