Differential Framing of Environmental Disputes by Stakeholder Groups

60 Pages Posted: 26 Jul 2002  

Ralph C. Hanke

Bowling Green State University - College of Business Administration

Barbara Gray

Pennsylvania State University - Center for Research in Conflict and Negotiation (CRCN)

Linda L. Putnam

Texas A&M University - Department of Speech Communication

Date Written: July 25, 2002

Abstract

This paper contributes to a developing literature on the role of framing in organizational settings and in protracted environmental disputes in particular. The paper identifies four frame types (risk, conflict management, power, and views of nature frames) that can be used to understand how disputants make sense of environmental conflicts and offers predictions about differential use of these four frames by environmental disputants. Our results substantiate some differences in the frames utilized by different stakeholder groups - revealing predicable antagonisms as well as the presence of strange bedfellows. We link frame usage to the intractability of conflict and offer some recommendations for handling these frame-based disputes. Finally, our results suggest that greater insight into environmental conflicts may be derived from understanding the patterns of frames held by disputants rather than concentrating solely on interest-based stakeholder groupings.

Suggested Citation

Hanke, Ralph C. and Gray, Barbara and Putnam, Linda L., Differential Framing of Environmental Disputes by Stakeholder Groups (July 25, 2002). AoM Conflict Management Division 2002 Mtgs. No. 13171. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=320364 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.320364

Ralph C. Hanke (Contact Author)

Bowling Green State University - College of Business Administration ( email )

Bowling Green, OH 43403
United States

Barbara Gray

Pennsylvania State University - Center for Research in Conflict and Negotiation (CRCN) ( email )

408 Beam Business Admin. Bldg.
University Park, PA 16802
United States
814-865-3822 (Phone)
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Linda L. Putnam

Texas A&M University - Department of Speech Communication ( email )

College Station, TX 77843-4353
United States
979-845-5514 (Phone)
979-845-6594 (Fax)

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