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Rhetoric of Legislation


Submitted by Maxwell on February 15, 2011 - 12:55am


Do any of you faithful Blogora readers know a good place to start looking at the rhetoric of political legislation?

Particularly, I'm interested in the United States Farm Bill (which has had all sorts of different names since its first instantiation in 1965; most recently it was called The Food, Conservation, and Energy Act in 2008), and is up for renewal in 2012. Unfortunately, I can't seem to find any book-length works specifically on the subject. So, I decided to search with broader strokes, and I was hoping someone could point me in the right direction. Anything you can think of on the rhetoric of legislating, the rhetoric of politicking, or even the rhetoric of penta-annual, omnibus-policy initiatives.

Stay tuned for updates.

Submitted by syntaxfactory on February 15, 2011 - 9:16pm.

R&PA:
http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/rap/
Special Issue:
http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/rhetoric_and_public_affairs/toc/rap.13.1.html
Special Issue on Rhetoric and Public Policy
Guest Editor: Robert Asen
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Introduction: Rhetoric and Public Policy
Robert Asen
pp. 1-5

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Subject Headings:

* Rhetoric -- Political aspects.

The Rhetorical Presidency Meets the Unitary Executive: Implications for Presidential Rhetoric on Public Policy
Vanessa B. Beasley
pp. 7-35

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Subject Headings:

* Rhetoric -- Political aspects -- United States.
* Executive power -- United States.

Resisting a "Treacherous Piety": Issues, Images, and Public Policy Deliberation in Presidential Campaigns
Trevor Parry-Giles
pp. 37-63

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Subject Headings:

* Rhetoric -- Political aspects -- United States.
* Presidents -- United States -- Election -- 2008.
* Advertising, Political -- United States.
* Obama, Barack.
* McCain, John, 1936-

The Metapolitics of the 2002 Iraq Debate: Public Policy and the Network Imaginary
G. Thomas Goodnight
pp. 65-94

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Subject Headings:

* Rhetoric -- Political aspects -- United States.
* Iraq War, 2003- -- Law and legislation -- United States.
* United States. Congress -- Resolutions.

Switch-Side Debating Meets Demand-Driven Rhetoric of Science
Gordon R. Mitchell
pp. 95-120

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Subject Headings:

* Debates and debating -- United States.
* Intelligence service -- United States.
* United States. Environmental Protection Agency.

Reflections on the Role of Rhetoric in Public Policy
Robert Asen
pp. 121-143

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Subject Headings:

* Rhetoric -- Political aspects -- United States.
* Social security -- United States.

Submitted by Jim Aune on February 15, 2011 - 5:20pm.

The landmark models would probably be:

1. Zarefsky on the War on Poverty,here

2. Asen's book on welfare policy: here
and also the special issue on rhetoric/public policy in Rhetoric & Public Affairs last year.

3. I know Bob Boynton at Iowa (political science) used to do a lot of work on rhetoric in congressional committee deliberations (look back through Alta proceedings--I don't think his c.v. is online).

Submitted by Maxwell on February 16, 2011 - 11:00pm.

These look very interesting, thanks Professor Aune. I'll be giving a book report on Zarefsky in my Pres. Rhet. seminar next month. Even though there's nothing (so far) on farm bill rhetoric, maybe Zarefsky can give me a blueprint for that kind of analysis. I'll keep you posted.

Submitted by syntaxfactory on February 15, 2011 - 9:18pm.

James Boyd White?
Justice as Translation: An Essay in Cultural and Legal Criticism (Chicago, 1990)
See also:
http://www-personal.umich.edu/~jbwhite/

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