Seeing the visual in policy controversies: a systematic review and research framework

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Abstract

Visualizations are increasingly influential in policy controversies as they travel easily across the internet and social media, and influence public opinion and decision making. There are conceptual and methodological challenges that need to be addressed to better understand the role of using visualizations in policy controversies in our digital world. Based on a systematic review of a growing body of research on visualization in policy and politics, this paper presents a framework to address these challenges of a globalizing and mediatizing world.
We applied a quantitative and qualitative social network analysis and studied the scientometrics of the field in R, and conducted an in depth study into the five different fields emerging from the quantitative analysis.

Our results show that there are five clusters in the academic literature: visual framing, discourse, cultural, emotional and aesthetical approaches. Building on the latest insights in the role of visuals in policy and politics, we develop a framework that enables the identification of competing visual discourse coalitions and their discursive and visual struggles that evolve overtime.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationVINCI 2020
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Event13th International Symposium on Visual Information Communication and Interaction (VINCI 2020) - online
Duration: 9 Dec 20209 Dec 2020

Conference

Conference13th International Symposium on Visual Information Communication and Interaction (VINCI 2020)
Abbreviated titleVINCI
Period9/12/209/12/20

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