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A Semantic Network Analysis on the Stakeholders’ Controversies Surrounding the Casino Industry Policy Revisions in Korea: The Cases of ‘Special Act on Assistance to the Development of Abandoned Mine Areas’ Revisions in 2011 and 2021

Seong Yeon JO 1

1한양대학교

Excellent Accredited

ABSTRACT

From the perspective of balanced communication in public sphere, this study analyzed the controversies among different stakeholders surrounding the revisions of 'the Special Act on Assistance to the Development of Abandoned Mine Areas' in 2011 and 2021. Using the collection tool of Textom 5.0 and analysis tool of UCINET 6.0 NetDraw, a semantic network analysis was performed to achieve the purpose of the study. Specifically, articles and news about the special act revisions, which appeared in twelve on-off line news papers in 2011 and 2021, were collected and analyzed. Results showed that the most highly mentioned keywords in the 2011 revision controversy were the justification for the casino and background for the special act, while those of the 2021 revision controversy were abolition of the statue of limitation of the special act and protest against governments. These imply that controversy surrounding revision in 2021 were more powerful and effective for the revision of the law compared to that of 2011. This study shows the importance of collecting data on the communication process among different stakeholders to develop better policy, which entails balanced communication in public sphere. Policy makers could use the results of this study for developing strategic measures for the balanced communication in tourism policy related public sphere.

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