Talking Space: The European Commission's Changing Frames in Defining Galileo

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Abstract

This paper traces the way in which the European Commission has framed and reframed the issue of EU satellite navigation over 20 years. It investigates how the EU's agenda-setter has 'talked about' space policy, with a particular focus on Galileo, and how its own institutional discourse - as revealed in its communications throughout the agenda-setting stage of Galileo's 'definition' phase - evolved in the 1990s through the use of 'frame sets'. In so doing, it illustrates the ways in which, over time, the EU's executive has 'projected' the issue of independent satellite navigation capabilities as being politically and economically desirable for Europe, and has sought to persuade decision makers of its cross-policy relevance and potential economic, social and security benefits. The article deconstructs official documents and engages in a close-up analysis of policy formulation, to identify nascent, evolving and mature frames in the definition of Galileo. 

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)86-93
Number of pages8
JournalSpace Policy
Volume28
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2012

Keywords

  • Agenda-setting
  • European Commission
  • Framing
  • Galileo
  • POLICY
  • Satellite navigation
  • Trans-European networks

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