Prime Ministers and Rhetorical Governance

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Springer, Oct 11, 2013 - Political Science - 207 pages
Prime Ministers in Westminister style democracies are forever talking to and communicating with the electorate. This ground-breaking book explores and analyses the uses of political rhetoric by Prime Ministers to explore patterns of communication and shows that the manner in which they talk to the electorate is central to day-to-day governance.
 

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Contents

1 The Mutual Delusion
1
From Gladstone to Blair
22
3 The Rhetorical Prime Minister in Comparative Perspective
42
Cycles of ElectionDefining Rhetoric
63
5 Prime Ministers and Policy Narratives
84
6 Policy Intervention in SubNational Jurisdictions
104
7 Defining a Legacy
129
Rhetorical Consistency across Government
144
In Search of Authenticity
170
Notes
178
References
181
Index
204
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Dennis Grube is Lecturer in Politics at Griffith University in Australia, and holds a PhD in British History from the University of Tasmania.