Researchers examine role of media in Peruvian climate change policymaking

Knight Center Research Director Bruno Takahashi has published a chapter in the book “Culture, Politics and Climate Change: How Information Shapes Our Common Future” edited by Deserai Crow and Max Boykoff.BrunoChapter
The chapter, “Re-examining the Media-Policy Link: Climate Change and Government Elites in Peru,” explores the ways in which policymakers in the Peruvian Congress use in their decisions the information the media produces about climate change.
The chapter was co-authored with Mark Meisner (International Environmental Communication Association), and is part of a collection of studies examining the role of culture, the media, politics, and policy making in the social construction of climate change.

Citation: Takahashi, B. and Meisner, M. (2014). Re-examining the Media-Policy Link: Climate Change and Government Elites in Peru. In D. Crow & M. Boykoff (Eds.) Culture, Politics and Climate Change: How Information Shapes Our Common Future. Routledge Earthscan
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