Thesis ID: CBB768621071

Making the Case for Space: Employing Political Communication to Set Domestic and International Policy (2021)


Robison, Kathryn (Author)
Frazier, Derrick (Advisor)
Borrelli, Stephen (Advisor)

University of Alabama
Frazier, Derrick
Borrelli, Stephen
Publication date: 2021
Language: English

Publication Date: 2021
Physical Details: 106

The landscape of space policy, much like the realm with which it concerns itself, is vast and largely unexplored. As political scientists, we have left this policy area mainly to those scholars, agencies, and companies working within the industry. While we occasionally consider it as part of other works on domestic and international science and technology policies or national defense issues, no comprehensive work to date has sought to understand how we communicate politically about space, from the micro to the macro level, and the importance of space exploration and technologies to the political realm. This dissertation begins this task through three articles designed to investigate political communication about space and to understand why it is important to study these questions. The first article focuses on American public opinion of space, the second deals with how space policy is set in the United States between the Executive and Legislative branches, while the third analyzes the role of the United States in governing space as a global commons, and theorizes how new paradigms in international relations in space will form. The breadth of these articles allows my dissertation to explore, at every level, how citizens, policymakers, and other stakeholders communicate politically about space, and how these communications translate into policy preferences, positions, and outcomes.

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Authors & Contributors
Allgaier, Joachim
Asayama, Shinichiro
Ciancone, Michael L.
Eisman, Gene
Hardesty, Von
Hilgartner, Stephen
Public Understanding of Science
Science Communication
British Journal for the History of Science
British Journal for the Philosophy of Science
East Asian Science, Technology and Society: An International Journal
História, Ciências, Saúde---Manguinhos
National Geographic Society
I. B. Tauris
Palgrave Macmillan
Published for the American Astronautical Society by Univelt, Inc.
University of Arizona Press
Science and politics
Public opinion
Communication of scientific ideas
Public understanding of science
Space research and exploration
Space programs
Saud, Sultan bin Salman Al
Time Periods
21st century
20th century, late
19th century
United States
Soviet Union
Great Britain
Human Genome Project
United States. National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Project Apollo (NASA)

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