Prime Ministers and Rhetorical Governance by D. GrubePrime Ministers and Rhetorical Governance by D. Grube

Prime Ministers and Rhetorical Governance

byD. Grube

Hardcover | October 11, 2013

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It is a well-known fact that Prime ministers are fond of talking, in fact at times it seems impossible to get them to do anything else. The reason for this constant talking is that Prime Ministers are all too aware of the importance of frequently talking to and communicating with the electorate. Political rhetoric has a central function that goes far beyond the need to rouse people at election time or in times of great crisis but rather persuasive political talk by prime ministers is central to the practice of modern government itself.

This book argues that there are institutionalised patterns in the speeches that prime ministers give. Like an old-style jukebox, there are only a certain number of records in the prime ministerial machine. Inevitably, each prime minister will play the same songs in the same order as their predecessor. This repetitive rhetoric has an impact not just on the minds of voters, but also on day-to-day governance in Westminster system democracies.

Dr Dennis Grube is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Government and International Relations at Griffith University. He's previously been a Visiting Fellow with the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford, and is the author of At the Margins of Victorian Britain: Politics, Immorality and Britishn...
Title:Prime Ministers and Rhetorical GovernanceFormat:HardcoverDimensions:216 pagesPublished:October 11, 2013Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan UKLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:023036361X

ISBN - 13:9780230363618

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Table of Contents

1. The Mutual Delusion
2. Extra-Parliamentary Rhetorical Leadership – from Gladstone to Blair
3. The Rhetorical Prime Minister in Comparative Perspective
4. Persuading Voters – Cycles of Election Defining Rhetoric
5. Prime Ministers and Policy Narratives
6. Policy Intervention in Sub-National Jurisdictions
7. Defining a Legacy
8. Prime Ministers and Mandarins – Rhetorical Consistency Across Government
9. Conclusion - In Search of Authenticity

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