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Public Policy as Discursive Construct: Social Meaning and Multiple Realities

Frank Fischer

in Reframing Public Policy

Published in print June 2003 | ISBN: 9780199242641
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599255 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/019924264X.003.0003
 Public Policy as Discursive Construct: Social Meaning and Multiple Realities

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This chapter aims to clarify the socially constructed nature of reality and the symbolic sides of public policy, as well as the discursive politics to which it gives rise. It concentrates on the concept of social understanding. There are seven main sections: The Phenomenology of Social Action; The Social Construction of Reality; Politics in a World of Multiple Realities; The Political Spectacle as Hyperreality; The Social Meanings of Public Policies; Meaning Construction and the Policy Process: The Typologies of Public Policy; Policy Design: Constructing Target Populations.

Keywords: discursive politics; hyperreality; multiple realities; policy design; policy process; public policy; social action; social meaning; social reality; social understanding

Chapter.  11550 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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