Cover

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Title Page, Copyright Page

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pp. i-vi

Contents

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pp. vii-viii

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Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-xii

This book is inspired by many conversations and is the work of many influences. As a first-time book author, I am grateful to series editor Vanessa B. Beasley. She has been a mentor in modeling what it means to be a scholar and was an invaluable resource during the revision process...

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Introduction

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pp. 1-20

On February 15, 2003, more than eight million people across the globe protested imminent US-led military action in Iraq. Involving more than sixty nations, the protests constituted the largest antiwar demonstration since the 1960s. In London, two million demonstrators set a city record...

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Chapter 1: The Symbolic Sovereignty of the People

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pp. 21-37

“The will of the people,” vox populi, “conventional wisdom,” doxa, “consensus”— public opinion has found expression in numerous forms with varied meanings, but has always been a fundamental tenet of democratic governance. From the ancient Greek polis through fledgling democracies in...

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Chapter 2: Driving the Bandwagon

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pp. 38-65

When citizens in the United States describe their nation as a democracy, they recognize the people as the foundation of political power. The axiom that the people are the master and the government is the servant has become a vital ingredient of US politics, supporting the importance of...

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Chapter 3: Hail (to) the People

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pp. 66-94

Both physically and symbolically the president of the United States represents the ideals of an entire nation. He speaks for and with the voice of the people, maintaining the identity and heritage of the nation through his rhetorical choices, whether depicting his constituency as residents of a...

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Chapter 4: Political Correctives

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pp. 95-124

In previous chapters the exploration of invoked public opinion in modern presidential rhetoric has focused on appeals to public opinion. Both bandwagon and identity appeals situate public opinion as a positive voice. In using them, modern presidents support a democratic assumption in...

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Chapter 5: The Presidential Balancing Act

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pp. 125-136

The marriage between presidents and public opinion seems a natural and inevitable facet of contemporary democratic politics, perpetuated by the very rhetorical practices of modern presidents. In this book I have considered this relationship by analyzing the various forms and functions...

Notes

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pp. 137-174

Bibliography

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pp. 175-188

Index

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pp. 189-196

Back Cover

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