The Peculiar Character of Political Speech

Finlayson, Alan (2014) The Peculiar Character of Political Speech. In: Back to Earth: Reconnecting People and Politics. The Fabian Society, London, pp. 24-34. ISBN 978-0-7163-4122-2

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Political rhetoric is concerned with formulating and communicating an argument for a particular claim presented to a particular audience at a particular time. Unfortunately, a lot of political communication lacks an argument and this is why most people pay little attention to it. What’s more, political strategists have over-promoted the character of leaders and parties, but without a specific audience in mind, politicians end up either presenting themselves as all things to all people or as nothing in particular. A prerequisite of turning around the reputation of politics and politicians is conviction – knowing what your position is, knowing how and why it is different from others’ positions and being sure of why you hold it.

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Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies
University of East Anglia > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Political, Social and International Studies
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Date Deposited: 18 Aug 2014 08:26
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