Localized concerns, scientific argumentation, framing, and federalism: The case of Devils Lake water diversion

Mike Gruszczynski, Sarah Michaels

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Abstract

A federal government system creates opportunities for proponents and opponents of environmental policy change to shift the institutional home where a policy decision is made and then invoke reasoning tailored for the new venue and to retry or reframe arguments. Content analysis of North Dakota state legislative and US Congressional committee hearings preceding authorization of an outlet connecting Devils Lake, North Dakota to the binational Hudson Bay drainage basin revealed: (1) State and federal legislators were equally likely to invoke constituents' localized concerns in framing arguments, and (2) Scientific evidence did not hold sway in either state or federal hearings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)173-193
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Natural Resources Policy Research
Volume6
Issue number2-3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2014

Keywords

  • Devils Lake
  • North Dakota
  • elite framing
  • federalism
  • science in legislative deliberations
  • venue shopping
  • water diversion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law

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