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Framing privatisation: the dominance of neo-liberal discourse and the death of the public good

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dc.contributor.author Graham, Ciara
dc.contributor.author Silke, Henry
dc.date.accessioned 2017-11-21T16:18:53Z
dc.date.available 2017-11-21T16:18:53Z
dc.date.issued 2017
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/6283
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract This paper looks at the privatisation Bórd Gáis Éireann (BGÉ) in 2014 and the treatment of this issue by the mainstream print media in Ireland. From a contextual perspective, this came in the wake of the global economic recession and its longer term implications for Ireland. The media s coverage of the sale could not be found to be impartial: both the volume and thrust of the articles were inclined to portray privatisation in a favourable, non-critical light. The majority of content was presented within Neo-Liberal frames, with a competitive frame being dominant; in other words the topic was treated from a market or business perspective rather than the perspective of the public good or wider society. A consistent source bias was also found favouring business or market interests with almost no representation of workers or civil society. Theoretically the paper argues that the framing of privatisation as a business and consumer issue, rather than a political one or that of the public good, acts to detract from the political aspects of the appropriation of public assets by international capital, including the implications for infrastructure, economic development and accountability to democratic structures, none of which receive sufficient journalistic attention. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Triple C- Communication Capitalism and Critique;15 (2), pp. 796-815
dc.subject Ireland en_US
dc.subject privatisation en_US
dc.subject journalism en_US
dc.subject business Journalism en_US
dc.subject economic journalism en_US
dc.subject ideology en_US
dc.subject framing en_US
dc.subject sourcing analysis en_US
dc.subject Bórd Gáis Éireann en_US
dc.title Framing privatisation: the dominance of neo-liberal discourse and the death of the public good en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.date.updated 2017-11-20T13:28:54Z
dc.description.version ACCEPTED
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US
dc.internal.rssid 2729462
dc.internal.copyrightchecked Yes
dc.identifier.journaltitle Triplec-Communication Capitalism & Critique
dc.description.status peer-reviewed


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