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Media coverage of sustainable development issues - attention cycles or punctuated equilibrium?

Barkemeyer, R and Holt, D (2011) Media coverage of sustainable development issues - attention cycles or punctuated equilibrium? Sustainable Development, forthc. ISSN 0968-0802

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Abstract

Over the last two decades there has been a marked change in the way that the public perceives environmental issues and the concepts associated with sustainable development. Few would argue that this has moved into the mainstream of public consciousness. Coverage of sustainability related concepts within the media, as illustrated by a sample of 112 worldwide newspapers, shows a clear upward trajectory. Taking the example of climate change and sustainable development, this paper explores this increasing coverage, and arguably awareness, of sustainability concepts, and considers parallels with the concepts of punctuated equilibrium and issue-attention cycles.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: punctuated equilibrium, issue-attention cycle, climate change, sustainable development
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > Faculty of Environment (Leeds) > School of Earth and Environment (Leeds)
Depositing User: Symplectic Publications
Date Deposited: 28 Mar 2011 08:53
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2013 17:31
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/sd.460
Status: Published
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Identification Number: 10.1002/sd.1460
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/42927

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