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Policy Analysis In Australia$
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Kate Crowley

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781447310273

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447310273.001.0001

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Media influence on public policy

Media influence on public policy

(p.183) Twelve Media influence on public policy
Policy Analysis In Australia

Ian Ward

Policy Press

News media play a central part in contemporary Australian politics. A great deal of political reporting and analysis canvasses policy issues. But the role that the media play in policy-making is less well understood.State and national level Australian politics routinely produce issues and events that seem to suggest that governments do directly respond to media coverage of issues.Yet much of what governments do is uncontroversial. A great many policy decisions and outcomes go unreported.Against this backdrop Australian public policy scholars have been reluctant to assign prominence to the media. As in other countries, they have not displayed any deep understanding of the effects of the media on the shaping and execution of public policy, which is the concern of this chapter.

Keywords:   Australian policy analysis, Australian media, media influence, media policy framing

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