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Prospect of Presidential Rhetoric
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Culminating a decade of conferences that have explored presidential speech, The Prospect of Presidential Rhetoric assesses progress and suggests directions for both the practice of presidential speech and its study. In Part One, following an analytic review of the field by Martin Medhurst, contributors address the state of the art in their own areas of expertise. Roderick P. Hart then summarizes their work in the course of his rebuttal of an argument made by political scientist George Edwards: that presidential rhetoric lacks political impact. Part Two of the volume consists of the forward-looking reports of six task forces, comprising more than forty scholars, charged with outlining the likely future course of presidential rhetoric, as well as the major questions scholars should ask about it and the tools at their disposal. The Prospect of Presidential Rhetoric will serve as a pivotal work for students and scholars of public discourse and the presidency who seek to understand the shifting landscape of American political leadership.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-ix
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. xi
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  1. Chapter 1 From Retrospect To Prospect: The Study of Presidential Rhetoric, 1915–2005
  2. pp. 3-27
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  1. Chapter 2 Power and Authority in a Postmodern Presidency
  2. pp. 28-45
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  1. Chapter 3 The Econo-Rhetorical Presidency
  2. pp. 46-68
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  1. Chapter 4 The Return of the Imperial Presidency
  2. pp. 69-98
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  1. Chapter 5 To Produce A "Judicious Choice": Presidential Responses to the Exercise of Advice and Consent by the U.S. Senate on Supreme Court Nominations
  2. pp. 99-129
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  1. Chapter 6 The Rhetorical Presidency and the Myth of the American Dream
  2. pp. 130-159
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  1. Chapter 7 Of Allies and Enemies: Old Wine in New Bottles or New Wine in an Old Jug?
  2. pp. 160-181
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  1. Chapter 8 Revising the Cold War Narrative to Encompass Terrorist Threats: Vietnam and Beyond
  2. pp. 182-208
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  1. Chapter 9 George W. Bush, Public Faith, and the Culture of War over Same-Sex Marriage
  2. pp. 209-237
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  1. Chapter 10 Thinking Harder About Presidential Discourse: The Question of Efficacy
  2. pp. 238-250
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  1. Chapter 11 Report of the National Task Force on the Presidency and Deliberative Democracy
  2. pp. 251-271
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  1. Chapter 12 Report of the National Task Force on Presidential Communication to Congress
  2. pp. 272-292
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  1. Chapter 13 Report of the National Task Force on the Presidency and Public Opinion
  2. pp. 293-316
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  1. Chapter 14 Report of the National Task Force on the Ethical Responsibilities of the Presidential Rhetoric
  2. pp. 317-339
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  1. Chapter 15 Report of the National Task Force on the Theory and Practice of the Rhetorical Presidency
  2. pp. 340-354
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  1. Chapter 16 Report of the National Task Force on Presidential Rhetoric in Times of Crisis
  2. pp. 355-378
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 379-380
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 381-384
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