Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Unlocking the Black Box of Policymaking: A Discursive View of the Florida Commission on Mental Health and Substance Abuse
by Hanson, Ardis, Ph.D., University of South Florida, 2012, 288; 3547429
Abstract (Summary)

Discourse creates the world of policy. Discourse plays a key role within policy formation; political discourse is made visible within particular discursive (spoken and written) practices. Hence, mental health policy is the endpoint of a discursive process and that it is, in itself, an institutional process. The shared understanding necessary to formulate policy is crucial to persons who are responsible for policy decisions and recommendations. Since the public perception is that public policy problems are too complicated for ordinary people to deal with, the policy problem is reframed into manageable "bits." It is how these "bits" are framed, named, and made sense of that concern me most in the policymaking process. The purpose of this dissertation is to make visible the often invisible processes that occur in the creation of that final report. To do so, I use a discursive approach and a selection of discourse tokens, both talk and text, to examine the workings of the Florida Commission on Mental Health and Substance Abuse.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Bartesaghi, Mariaelena
Commitee: Borum, Randy, Eisenberg, Eric, Jorgenson, Jane
School: University of South Florida
Department: Communication
School Location: United States -- Florida
Source: DAI-A 74/05(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Communication, Public policy
Keywords: Consequentiality of communication, Discourse analysis, Expert and evidence, Mental health policymaking, Public policy analysis, Textual analysis
Publication Number: 3547429
ISBN: 978-1-267-82097-6
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