reference : Corporate funding and ideological polarization about climate change

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Abstract Drawing on large-scale computational data and methods, this research demonstrates how polarization efforts are influenced by a patterned network of political and financial actors. These dynamics, which have been notoriously difficult to quantify, are illustrated here with a computational analysis of climate change politics in the United States. The comprehensive data include all individual and organizational actors in the climate change countermovement (164 organizations), as well as all written and verbal texts produced by this network between 1993-2013 (40,785 texts, more than 39 million words). Two main findings emerge. First, that organizations with corporate funding were more likely to have written and disseminated texts meant to polarize the climate change issue. Second, and more importantly, that corporate funding influences the actual thematic content of these polarization efforts, and the discursive prevalence of that thematic content over time. These findings provide new, and comprehensive, confirmation of dynamics long thought to be at the root of climate change politics and discourse. Beyond the specifics of climate change, this paper has important implications for understanding ideological polarization more generally, and the increasing role of private funding in determining why certain polarizing themes are created and amplified. Lastly, the paper suggests that future studies build on the novel approach taken here that integrates large-scale textual analysis with social networks.
Accession Number 26598653
Author Farrell, J.
Author Address School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, Yale University, New Haven, CT 06511
DOI 10.1073/pnas.1509433112
Date Jan 5
ISSN 1091-6490 (Electronic) 0027-8424 (Linking)
Issue 1
Journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA
Keywords climate change; computational social science; funding; polarization; politics
Notes Farrell, Justin eng 2015/11/26 06:00 Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2016 Jan 5;113(1):92-7. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1509433112. Epub 2015 Nov 23.
PMCID PMC4711825
Pages 92-7
Title Corporate funding and ideological polarization about climate change
Volume 113
Year 2016
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