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This rhetorical criticism of spoken discourse examines Ronald Reagan's polished attempts to persuade the public on economic matters. Amos Kiewe and Davis Houck examine the substance, style, and developmental pattern of Reagan's rhetoric on economic matters and discuss how that rhetoric informed the president's views on other issues. This book demonstrates how rhetorical forces can play a significant role in shaping and selling economic policy.

Kiewe and Houck employ a variety of...

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This rhetorical criticism of spoken discourse examines Ronald Reagan's polished attempts to persuade the public on economic matters. Amos Kiewe and Davis Houck examine the substance, style, and developmental pattern of Reagan's rhetoric on economic matters and discuss how that rhetoric informed the president's views on other issues. This book demonstrates how rhetorical forces can play a significant role in shaping and selling economic policy.

Kiewe and Houck employ a variety of theoretical perspectives for their longitudinal study of Ronald Reagan's economic discourse, beginning with the former actor/President's Hollywood years. Their analysis of close to a hundred speeches provides a chronological account of the character and development of Reagan's economic rhetoric (as opposed to a critique of its effectiveness). Synthesizing the strategies, self-contradictions, shifts, influences, and patterns in Reagan's economic discourse, Kiewe and Houck conclude that Reagan's economic discourse heavily influenced his views and rhetoric on foreign policy, national defense, the environment, and other issues—Reagan saw the world through economic lenses. This study is valuable to political scientists, economists, and scholars of rhetoric.

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A longitudinal study, using a number of theoretical approaches, of the substance, style, and developmental pattern of Ronald Reagan's rhetoric on economic matters from his Hollywood days through his presidency. Concludes that his discourse on economics influenced his views on all other issues. Of interest to economists, political scientists, and students of rhetoric. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Meet the Author

AMOS KIEWE is Assistant Professor of Speech and Communication at Syracuse University.

DAVIS W. HOUCK is presently taking graduate courses at the Department of Rhetoric and Communication at the University of California at Davis, where he also teaches communications courses.

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Table of Contents

About the Series

Series Foreword

Introduction

Finding the Rest of Himself

The Creative Society: Part One

The Creative Society: Part Two

From Federalism to Supply Side

A New Beginning

The Second American Revolution

The Reagan Legacy

Selected Bibliography

Index

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