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Discursive Governance in Politics, Policy and the Public Sphere

Korkut, Umut; Mahendran, Kesi; Bucken-Knapp, Gregg and Cox, Robert Henry eds. (2015). Discursive Governance in Politics, Policy and the Public Sphere. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

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Discursive governance refers to implicit mechanisms of governance such as narratives, leitmotifs, and strategic metaphors in political language. It examines how the framing of policies affects political and social representations in accordance with the wishes of political authorities. Ad hoc discourses generate a space where politicians configure, transmit, and initiate politics ideationally, rather than vouchsafing substantial policy change with respect to governance. This book studies the dynamics of political discourse in governance processes. It demonstrates the process in which political discourses become normative mechanisms, first marking socially constructed realities in politics, second playing a role in delineating the subsequent policy frames, and third influencing the public sphere. The key contribution of this volume is tracing the discursive relationships among actors, namely governments and political parties, policy participants and societal actors, and the public in European nation states, intergovernmental organizations, subnational or regional entities, and geographies beyond Europe where European norms trigger ideational processes of change. The book extends earlier work in the field by exploring how policy and politics create social knowledge, make some ideas publicly salient, and bring together coalitions of actors that find certain policy alternatives attractive and eventually generate political and policy change.

Item Type: Edited Book
Copyright Holders: 2015 Umut Korkut, Kesi Mahendran, Gregg Buckan-Knapp, Robert Henry Cox
ISBN: 1-137-49577-4, 978-1-137-49577-8
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Keywords: European Union; political psychology; international relations; political behaviour; politics, media and communication; comparative European studies; narrative analysis; dialogical analysis
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Psychology and Counselling > Psychology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Psychology and Counselling
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Item ID: 42224
Depositing User: Kesi Mahendran
Date Deposited: 19 Aug 2015 08:07
Last Modified: 07 Aug 2019 15:56
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