Jumping across scales and levels. The role and functioning of scale framing in different interaction settings in the context of a complex decision making process

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In this paper we draw on interactional theories about frames and framing to analyze how actors use scale frames in different interactional settings. What is the function of scale frames in interactions? How are scales used in interaction to enforce responsibility, to in- and exclude actors and ideas? The framing of a problem is the result of interactions between different actors. Out of the various frames people may construct in interaction we analyze scale frames, since these provide for many arguments. Different (scale) frames make it possible for both supporters and opponents to use the same facts to either confirm or reject advantages and disadvantages. Our study shows that scale frames are used to shift responsibilities, to justify disputable decisions, to in- and exclude arguments and to create credibility. Actors take their conversation partners into account and adjust their scale frames to construct credible arguments in particular contexts. Direct interaction, makes it possible to downscale the opponents argument to a lower and less problematic level or reversely, to upscale the argument to a more problematic level.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Event5th International Conference in Interpretive Policy Analysis, Grenoble, France -
Duration: 23 Jun 201025 Jun 2010

Conference

Conference5th International Conference in Interpretive Policy Analysis, Grenoble, France
Period23/06/1025/06/10

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