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Role Theory and Media Framing: Dr. Jean-Christophe Boucher, MacEwan University

Date & Time:
November 18, 2016 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
SS 623
Jean-Christophe Boucher

Jean-Christophe Boucher is a research director at the Centre Interuniversitaire de recherche sur les relations internationales du Québec et du Canada. He completed a BA in History from Ottawa University, a master's degree in Philosophy from the University of Montreal, and received his PhD in Political Science at Université Laval in December 2011. His main research interests and publications have focused on peace and security studies, Canadian foreign and defence policies, quantitative analysis and methodology. He is an Assistant Professor in Political Science at MacEwan University.

Abstract: A growing body of work evaluates the link between media and foreign policy behaviour, especially in times of war. Despite extensive work on Media framing however, there is little theoretical explanation on how foreign policy frames are selected and organized by news media. In order to be acknowledged by elites, media organizations, and the public, frames need to tap into some collective and widely shared conception of the national role played by states on the international scene. In this respect, the recent development on role theory in foreign policy analysis offers a much needed theoretical guidance to understand how framing of particular foreign policy issues are developed and articulated in news media. This paper looks at how Canadian media framed Canada’s role during the Iraq crisis of 2003. We use machine-learning algorithms in order to automate content analysis of more than 35 000 newspaper articles produced by 12 Canadian major newspapers with both regional and linguistic representation.