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Table 1 Three phases of the analysis and their results (Adapted from Gamson&Lasch[37]: 399–400)

From: Framing the decision to contract out elderly care and primary health care services – perspectives of local level politicians and civil servants in Finland

  First phase Second phase Third phase
Actions Data reading and grouping of statements according to their content Completion of”signature matrix” Aggregation of the initial frames into five final frames
Results Eight initial frames-Strategic planning and rational decision-making- Irrational decision-making - Municipal economy- Market orientation - Citizens’ best- Benchmarking - Fire fighting- Exogenous motivations Descriptions for each initial frame with the help of signature elements (Table 2). The final frames: Rational reasoning, Pragmatic realism , Promoting diversity among providers, Good for the municipality , Good for the local people