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Tracing Mediatization through Actor-Network Theory: Journalism's Profound Influence on Rail Infrastructure Policy (Hardback)

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This book offers scholars and industry practitioners in the arenas of policy analysis, politics and media communications a method for astutely guiding large-scale policy and projects through the complex and changing landscape of a 24/7 news media. It is underpinned by empirical research that identifies and endeavors to close a considerable gap in current understanding and practice. This gap represents a failure to recognise and respect many powerful influences and associations that surround a policy arena that has drawn the ire of the news media. The result of this failure is ineffective communication that does little to advance the policy piece and, in the worst instances, leads to policy immobilization or poor policy decision-making.

The author's research spans a decade and two cities - Sydney, Australia and Montreal, Canada. The focus is on three metro-style rail infrastructure case study projects. One project is ongoing; one failed; and one is being upgraded, having recently reached fifty years of age. Through media, expert and public research this book builds an irrefutable case that the news media is highly influential to policy - and that these influences are complex, messy and changing. Drawing significantly on Actor-Network Theory, Richardson identifies the influential actors and alliances at play when policy is subjected to media discourse, and he proposes a framework for tracing and managing them. In doing so, he demonstrates that such a framework is not only vital for the successful negotiation of policy and projects in the media but also to an (r)evolutionary recasting of public, expert and media actors in the development and decision-making process.

BusinessIndustry & industrial studiesMedia, information & communication industriesPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesInterdisciplinary studiesCommunication studiesPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesMedia Studies Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc Publication Date: 29/06/2023 ISBN-13: 9781501387487  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Nicholas Richardson is a lecturer in Strategic and Creative Commercial Communications at the University of New South Wales, Australia. In previous lives he has written speeches for politicians and developed communications strategies for government agencies, NGOs and international companies.

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