Interests Groups Framing

  • Iskander De BruyckerEmail author
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This chapter sets out to introduce the interest group literature on framing. Framing is typically understood as a process where actors emphasize certain aspects of an issue over others to designate what is important and what should be paid attention to. Framing is often seen as a cumbersome research topic but can easily be tackled when the appropriate definitions, framing types, and levels of analyses are considered. Previous studies have made great progress in explaining how frames are selected and how they impact decision-making. The chapter discusses relevant studies, identifies challenges ahead, and highlights pathways for future research. It concludes by explaining how interest group frames are part of a larger chorus of frames to which different kinds of political actors contribute. In order to understand frame selection and impact, we need to take stock of the broader chorus in which interest group frames are embedded.


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Further Reading

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Maastricht UniversityMaastrichtThe Netherlands