Public Debate and Policy Formation

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How the government uses the media to communicate with the public

  • When the new laws are passed, the government needs to make sure that everyone agrees with it
  • Governments need to persuade people that the law needs to be obeyed
  • Proposed laws are now discussed on websites, television, on radio and also newspapers and magazines
  • This is so people can offer feedback and make suggestions to improve the proposals
  • Government now hod frequent consultations. Consultations are when the government asks people to give their opinions on new ideas. This can be done in the


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