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Visual culture and public policy : towards a visual polity? / Victor Bekkers and Rebecca Moody

By: Contributor(s): Series: Routledge critical studies in public management ; 21Publication details: Abingdon : Routledge, 2015Edition: 1rst edDescription: xi, 243 pISBN:
  • 9781138023987
Summary: Traditionally, images have played an important role in politics and policy making, mostly in relation to propaganda and public communication. However, contemporary society is inundated with visual material due to the increasing ubiquity of media and visual technologies that facilitate the production, distribution and consumption of images in new and innovative ways. As such, a visual culture has emerged, and a number of authors have written on visual culture and the technologies which underlie it. However, a clear link to policy making is still lacking. This books links the emergence of this visual culture to policy making and explores how visual culture (and the growing number of technologies used to create and distribute images) influence the course, content and outcome of public policy making. It examines how visual culture and policy making in contemporary society are intertwined, elaborating concepts such as power, framing and storytelling. It then links this to technology, and the way this can enhance power, transparency, registration, surveillance and communication. Dealing with the entire cycle of public policy making, from agenda-setting, to policy design, decision making to evaluation, the book contains diverse international case studies including water management, risk management, live-stock diseases, minority integration, racism, freedom of speech, healthcare, disaster evaluation and terrorism. (Font: Editor)
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1. Introduction: Living in a World of Images -- 2. Visual Events and Visual Technologies: A Brief Historical Overview -- 3. The Power to Visualize -- 4. Visual Events and the Policy Process -- 5. Research Strategy -- 6. Agenda Setting: Setting the Wheels in Motion -- 7. Policy Design and Decision Making: Unravelling Complexity -- 8. Policy Evaluation: Who Is to Blame? -- 9. Visual Culture and the Policy Process: Towards a Conclusion -- 10. Reflection: Towards a Visual Polity -- References -- Index

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