Prime Ministers and Rhetorical Governance

Prime Ministers and Rhetorical Governance

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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.... Tax Review, Hobart, 19 November. 1908/PDF/tas_tax_review_ken_henry.pdf Accessed 26 November 2010. ... Howard, J. (2007c) Concession Speech, 24 November. parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;adVIyes ... (1984) a#39;Gladstone, the Whigs and the leadership of the Liberal Party, 1879a€”1880a#39;, The Historical Journal, 27(2), 337a€”360.

Title:Prime Ministers and Rhetorical Governance
Author: Dennis Grube
Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan - 2013-09-18

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