This report explores the patterns of reasoning that average Americans bring to the topic of government. A key finding from this early qualitative research of semi-structured, one-on-one interviews, is that there the public have two primary associations when thinking about government: they either think of elected officials (the “mind” of government) or of the bureaucracy of government (government as “monolith”).
Framing to Change Systems
Through various projects, FrameWorks is learning about how people think about systems and how communicators can build more robust understandings of the ways in which systems and structures...
By, or for, the People? A Meta-analysis of Public Opinion of Government
In this review of existing public opinion research, FrameWorks sought to understand the shape of public attitudes toward government.
Priming More Productive Views of Government: Survey Experiment Results
Negative views of government are no surprise. But the effects of different frames might be.