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The Rhetorical Presidency.

By: Tulis, Jeffrey K.
Contributor(s): Muirhead, Russell.
Material type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on Demand.Princeton Classics Ser: Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, 2017Copyright date: ©2018Description: 1 online resource (264 pages).Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9781400888368.Subject(s): Presidents--United States--HistoryGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: The Rhetorical PresidencyDDC classification: 353.03/23 LOC classification: E176.1.T855 2017Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Cover -- Title -- Copyright -- Dedication -- CONTENTS -- Acknowledgements -- Foreword -- Afterword -- Index.
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Cover -- Title -- Copyright -- Dedication -- CONTENTS -- Acknowledgements -- Foreword -- Afterword -- Index.

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In this outstanding work Tulis elegantly portrays the increased use of rhetoric by 20th-century presidents, portraying the negative effects of the ``rhetorical Presidency.'' Presidents of the 19th century were seldom seen or heard by the public, a comportment intended by the founders who feared the excitation of the masses by demagogic leaders. Theodore Roosevelt changed the practice, and Woodrow Wilson provided the rationale for speaking ``the common meaning of the common voice.'' The drawbacks of this behavior include an increasing lack of ``fit'' between the office and its occupant, a greater mutability of policy by rhetorical persuasion, the erosion of careful deliberation, and the decay of political discourse. This is an exemplary work of mutually supportive normative argument and empirical investigation. Tulis's quantitative analysis is motivated by concern for the health of the American republic, not by a banal attempt to be ``scientific.'' The work is a must for all undergraduate libraries.-S.E. Schier, Carleton College

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Jeffrey K. Tulis teaches in the Department of Government at the University of Texas at Austin. His books include Legacies of Losing in American Politics . Russell Muirhead is the Robert Clements Professor of Democracy and Politics at Dartmouth College.

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