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Changing Public Understandings of the Death Penalty in the United States



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From Justice to Mistake Changing Public Understandings of the Death Penalty in the United States Frank R Baumgartner Visiting Professor Presentation to the SPS Department IUE November 22 2004 www policyagendas org http lobby la psu edu www policyagendas org Data on US Government activities 1947 present Hearings statutes NYTimes Stories Congressional Quarterly Stories Bills Introduced Executive Orders Gallup Most Important Problem survey data Presidential Activities Federal Budgetary data others coming soon Consistent topic code system 226 topics Free Analyzable on line or down loadable http lobby la psu edu 350 Interviews w policy advocates Efforts to re define issues limits on this Random sample of 96 issues 1999 2002 covering Clinton and Bush years Primary sources all available speeches bill text press releases interest group talking points newspaper articles TV coverage etc Teaching and Research uses Book projects underway data publicly available Both projects Issue definition matters Longitudinal studies of issue definition Contemporaneous studies of the process Lobbyists attempt to reframe issues Other lobbyists oppose them Lobbyists are sometimes government officials Punctuations dramatic changes in policy are rare but not so rare they can be ignored Death Penalty Project a government program run by bureaucrats and it doesn t work very well Size of the current project Media coverage and analysis Public opinion Experiments on framing Possibly analyses of actual court pleadings in next stage Today s focus just a part a methodological part Work is joint with Suzanna De Boef colleague and Amber Boydstun graduate student both at Penn State The New York Times study All story abstracts from 1960 to 2001 Content what arguments topics were mentioned How much coverage Overall By topic Focus is on how the topics of discussion have changed over time Focus is not on NYT opinions per se A Dynamic Factor Analysis Approach What is it Why bother What do we hope to gain Some



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