Speaking with the Peoples Voice: How Presidents Invoke Public Opinion Jeffrey P Mehltretter Drury

ISBN: 9781306517683

Published: March 25th 2014

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210 pages


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Speaking with the Peoples Voice: How Presidents Invoke Public Opinion  by  Jeffrey P Mehltretter Drury

Speaking with the Peoples Voice: How Presidents Invoke Public Opinion by Jeffrey P Mehltretter Drury
March 25th 2014 | ebook | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, ZIP | 210 pages | ISBN: 9781306517683 | 6.68 Mb

The role of public opinion in American democracy has been a central concern of scholars who frequently examine how public opinion influences policy makers and how politicians, especially presidents, try to shape public opinion. But in Speaking withMoreThe role of public opinion in American democracy has been a central concern of scholars who frequently examine how public opinion influences policy makers and how politicians, especially presidents, try to shape public opinion.

But in Speaking with the Peoples Voice: How Presidents Invoke Public Opinion, Jeffrey P. Mehltretter Drury asks a different question that adds an important new dimension to the study of public opinion: How do presidents rhetorically use public opinion in their speeches? In a careful analysis supported by case studies and discrete examples, Drury develops the concept of invoked public opinion to study the modern presidents use of public opinion as a rhetorical resource. He defines the term as the rhetorical representation of the beliefs and values of US citizens.Speaking with the Peoples Voice considers both the strategic and democratic value of invoked public opinion by analyzing how modern presidents argumentatively deploy references to the beliefs and values of US citizens as persuasive appeals as well as acts of political representation in their nationally televised speeches.



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