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

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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300061697
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/1996
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 300
  • Sales rank: 1,114,266
  • 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
1 The Core of Campaigning: Rhetoric and Heresthetic 3
2 Shaping the Alternatives: The Proposed Constitution of 1787 15
3 Data and Methods for the Study of Campaigns 23
4 Campaign Themes 32
5 The Utility of Negative Themes 49
6 Rhetorical Interaction in the Campaigns 75
7 Toward a Theory of Rhetoric in Campaigns 99
8 Evidence about Dominance and Dispersion 110
9 The Agenda for Ratification 129
10 Nationalist Domination in the Congresses of the 1780s 139
11 Nationalist Domination of the Selection of Delegates to the Philadelphia Convention 147
12 The Nationalist Strategy for Ratification 163
13 Massachusetts: The Federalist Coalition Expands 183
14 The Federalists Regain Momentum 209
15 Virginia and the Failure of Antifederalism 220
16 New York: Federalists Outflank Antifederalists 229
17 Forging the Final Constitution 241
18 Rhetoric and Heresthetic 253
Appendix Rhetorical Themes, 1787-88 265
Index 275
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