[csaa-forum] Seminar at UNSW on 14 April. 'Shocking Policy: Mediatisation and the Sydney Rail Network', Nick Richardson

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Shocking Policy:
Mediatisation and the Affects of Discourse
on Sydney Rail Transport
Nicolas Richardson

Tuesday 14 April, 5pm to 6.30pm
Robert Webster Building, Room 327

Drawing on two case studies in Sydney, I adopt Foucault’s conception of discourse and power as an analytical framework to address ‘shocking’ policy.

‘Shocking’ political decisions are policy and project decisions – subject to mediatisation – that do not sit well with the established media and public discourses shifting, circulating and permeating the policy arena. The good intentions of the decision-maker or the objective value of the policy or project count for little.

As shocking policy has significant ramifications, not only for the policy landscape but also for the identities of politicians and politics, this paper argues that discursive analysis is fundamental to dissect, understand and hopefully neutralize these policy decisions.

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Nicholas Richardson is a Lecturer at UNSW. He is currently researching the art (or lack there)of communications around policy development, and is particularly interested in the power of the discourses at play in Sydney transport infrastructure.

In previous lives, he has written speeches for politicians; developed communications strategies for international companies; and worked as a planner for one of the world’s biggest and ugliest Advertising agencies.

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