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Interpreting hashtag politics, policy ideas in an era of social media, Stephen Jeffares

"Why do policy actors create branded terms like Big Society and does launching such policy ideas on Twitter extend or curtail their life? This book argues that the practice of hashtag politics has evolved in response to an increasingly congested and mediatised environment, with the recent and rapid growth of high speed internet connections, smart phones and social media. It examines how policy analysis can adapt to offer interpretive insights into the life and death of policy ideas in an era of hashtag politics. This text reveals that policy ideas can at the same time be ideas, instruments, visions, containers and brands, and advises readers on how to tell if a policy idea is dead or dying, how to map the diversity of viewpoints, how to capture the debate, when to engage and when to walk away. Each chapter showcases innovative analytic techniques, illustrated by application to contemporary policy ideas." -- Publisher's website
Table Of Contents
Cover -- Contents -- List of figures and tables -- Preface and acknowledgements -- 1. Policy Ideas and Hashtag Politics -- 2. Theorising Policy Ideas -- 3. The lifecycle of policy ideas - 4. Identifying policy viewpoints -- 5. Social media and policy practices -- 6. Capturing the digital footprint of policy discussion -- 7. Interpreting social media data -- 8. The future of hashtag politics -- 9. Appendix -- References -- Index
Literary Form
non fiction
Physical Description
xiii, 184 p. :, ill. ;, 23 cm

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