The Strategy of Rhetoric: Campaigning for the American Constitution / Edition 1

The Strategy of Rhetoric: Campaigning for the American Constitution / Edition 1

by William H. H. Riker
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300061692

ISBN-13: 9780300061697

Pub. Date: 10/28/1996

Publisher: Yale University Press

This book, the last work of an eminent political scientist, is an innovative study of political persuasion during the 1787-88 campaign to ratify the U.S. Constitution. Employing historical and rational choice analysis to examine the rhetoric and strategic maneuvers the victorious Federalists used, William H. Riker develops new tools and approaches to advance the…  See more details below

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This book, the last work of an eminent political scientist, is an innovative study of political persuasion during the 1787-88 campaign to ratify the U.S. Constitution. Employing historical and rational choice analysis to examine the rhetoric and strategic maneuvers the victorious Federalists used, William H. Riker develops new tools and approaches to advance the science of political campaigns.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300061697
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
10/28/1996
Pages:
300
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.69(d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of Tables
Editors' Preface
List of Abbreviations
Chronology
1The Core of Campaigning: Rhetoric and Heresthetic3
2Shaping the Alternatives: The Proposed Constitution of 178715
3Data and Methods for the Study of Campaigns23
4Campaign Themes32
5The Utility of Negative Themes49
6Rhetorical Interaction in the Campaigns75
7Toward a Theory of Rhetoric in Campaigns99
8Evidence about Dominance and Dispersion110
9The Agenda for Ratification129
10Nationalist Domination in the Congresses of the 1780s139
11Nationalist Domination of the Selection of Delegates to the Philadelphia Convention147
12The Nationalist Strategy for Ratification163
13Massachusetts: The Federalist Coalition Expands183
14The Federalists Regain Momentum209
15Virginia and the Failure of Antifederalism220
16New York: Federalists Outflank Antifederalists229
17Forging the Final Constitution241
18Rhetoric and Heresthetic253
AppendixRhetorical Themes, 1787-88265
Index275

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