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This chapter has argued for the utility of Social Network Analysis for the inter-disciplinary investigation of climate change as a social issue and problem. SNA can integrate the effects of ideas from the social and natural sciences and the humanities upon the fields of discourse and action around climate change. Examining the structure and flow of different kinds of social networks around climate change reveals patterns of understanding and action that shape the social response to climate change and other problems. Examining both discourse networks and advocacy coalitions, the chapter has developed an initial comparison of differences in how three societies, Japan, New Zealand, and the United States, have been framing and responding to climate change, The chapter, drawing upon early results from the project Comparing Climate Change Policy Networks (Compon), illustrates the great potential of the network approach for the inter-disciplinary study of climate change and society cross-nationally.

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