Throwing Discourses in the Garbage Can: The Case of Swedish ICT Policy

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Throwing Discourses in the Garbage Can: The Case of Swedish ICT Policy

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dc.contributor.author Hall, Patrik
dc.date.accessioned 2010-01-02T21:00:58Z
dc.date.available 2010-01-02T21:00:58Z
dc.date.issued 2008
dc.identifier.issn 1750-8762 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2043/9209
dc.description.abstract Swedish ICT policy has been characterised by abstract discourses which focus on dramatic transformations due to the coming of the “information society”. But Swedish ICT policy has also been characterised by decisions de-coupled from the discourse, as well as fragile efforts towards implementation. This article analyses the linkage between discursive power and fragmented policy-making in contemporary politics. A Kingdoninspired multiple streams framework is used for analysing the impact of discourses upon policy solutions, since other analytical strategies are too (implicitly) rational. In the case of Swedish ICT policy, it is shown that the visionary discourse of the information society strongly frames problems and solutions, but that the presence of contradictory discourses of steering makes it easier for decision makers to get rid of their own responsibility for practical actions through de-coupling of rhetorical, organisational and decision-making activities. The outcome is a political system where elite discourses mainly contribute to organisational identity-building, and prospects for reconstructed organisational power among policy makers on different steering levels. en
dc.format.extent 20
dc.language.iso eng en
dc.publisher Routledge en
dc.subject.classification Humanities/Social Sciences en
dc.title Throwing Discourses in the Garbage Can: The Case of Swedish ICT Policy en
dc.type Article, peer reviewed scientific en
dc.contributor.department Malmö University. Faculty of Culture and Society en_US
dc.contributor.department Malmö University. Global Political Studies (GPS) en_US
dc.identifier.doi 10.1080/19460171.2008.9518530
dc.subject.srsc Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES::Social sciences en
dc.relation.ispartofpublication Critical Policy Studies;1 en
dc.relation.ispartofpublicationvolume 2 en
dc.format.ePage 44
dc.format.sPage 25
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