‘Water is politics everywhere’: the use of emphasis frames to communicate multilateral water development project

Aiste Klimasauskaite*, Alon Tal

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Research implies that emphasis frames control preferences. Little is known, however, about how stakeholders frame water. How is water framed in decision-making and -shaping rooms? Therefore, we explore the Red Sea–Dead Sea Water Conveyance framing. We compile two data sets: (1) 18 in-depth interviews, archival data; and (2) 10 documents. For data analysis, we use qualitative and quantitative approaches–coding with Atlas.ti and text analysis with Voyant Tools. In the results, we juxtapose dominant and marginal frames, frequencies, and descriptive examples. Findings reveal which actors activate and spread salient frames, concealing pressing issues and sustaining old power structures.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)963-985
Number of pages23
JournalInternational Journal of Water Resources Development
Volume39
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - 2023

Keywords

  • Red Sea–Dead Sea Water Conveyance
  • desalination
  • emphasis frames
  • multilateral water development
  • power
  • thematic coding

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