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Democratizing Policy Debates

Experts, media, & public involvement in the discourses of economy

Apr 07, 2020

Hello AltAusterity subscribers! We hope you are continuing to find new things to do, new places to work at home, in this difficult time. This week we bring you something a little different than our usual paper and presentation content: a presentation with Dr. Brendan K. O'Rourke's voice narrating the slides!

Brendan presented this work at our conference in February on behalf of his co-authors, John Hogan, and Joseph K. Fitzgerald. His talk, titled, "Democratizing Policy Debates: Experts, Media, & Public Involvement in the Discourses of Economy", taught us that public purpose is required for public discourse. The authors note that more and more, hyperspecialization means "a dependence on others' assessments, making us more dependent on expert discourse which we need to trust". They suggest that this is particularly the case in open FDI dominated economies. 

If you are interested in learning more about how public purpose in discourses on the economy are increasing, and how debate is a public sphere issues, check out the presentation + voice over on our Research page under "Ideas & Advocacy".

To learn more about these researchers and their work, check out their websites!,, and

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