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Reframing Public PolicyDiscursive Politics and Deliberative Practices$
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Frank Fischer

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780199242641

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/019924264X.001.0001

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Public Policy as Discursive Construct: Social Meaning and Multiple Realities

Public Policy as Discursive Construct: Social Meaning and Multiple Realities

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(p.48) 3 Public Policy as Discursive Construct: Social Meaning and Multiple Realities
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Reframing Public Policy
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Frank Fischer (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/019924264X.003.0003

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

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