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Research Design

Case Studies, News Media, Political Positions and Methods
  • Gary James MerrillEmail author
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Abstract

The primary purpose of this book is to analyse the exposure and credence given by the British news media to different interpretations of the economic environment in the decade before the 2008 Financial Crisis. By employing two complementary research methods, it assesses the coverage given to disparate political narratives in three different contexts by four different news organisations over a ten-year period. This chapter covers the research design. First, it explains the choice of case studies (economic globalisation, private finance in British public services, and Tesco) and the news media (the BBC, the Times-Sunday Times, the Daily/Sunday Telegraph and the Guardian-Observer). The bulk of the chapter is devoted to three contextualising sections, one for each of the case studies, which outline the competing arguments and narratives evident in mediated debates. The final section describes the methodology and explains how the political content of news was assessed through a combination of quantitative content analysis and critical discourse analysis.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of RoehamptonLondonUK

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