Agri‐food technology politics: Exploring policy narratives in the European Parliament

Colette S. Vogeler, Sandra Schwindenhammer, Denise Gonglach, Nils C. Bandelow
2021 European Policy Analysis  
This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs License, which permits use and distribution in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, the use is non-commercial and no modifications or adaptations are made. Abstract The Narrative Policy Framework (NPF) highlights the role of arguments and emotions included in stories to influence the policy process. Most applications refer to highly politicized issues. How are
more » ... used in less politicized debates? This paper applies the NPF to two debates within the European Parliament (EP) which generally gain less public media attention than national debates. By conducting a discourse network analysis of two policy debates on agri-food technologies in the EP, we show that both debates do not rely as much on emotions as compared to public debates, but are to a greater degree based on argumentative and scientifically grounded reasoning. The use of the NPF characters of victims, villains, and heroes are fairly limited. Instead, the recently introduced character of the beneficiary is used frequently to highlight the advantages and benefits of the preferred policies. K E Y W O R D S agri-food policy, cross-sectoral nexus challenges, Discourse Network Analysis, European Parliament, Narrative Policy Framework 摘要 叙事政策框架(NPF)强调叙事中用于影响政策过程 的论点和情感的作用。大多数NPF的应用有关于高度 政治化的议题。叙事在不太政治化的辩论中是如何使 | 3 VOGELER Et aL.
doi:10.1002/epa2.1114 fatcat:ujsug2yzdbb35n6znyvizoairq