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Populism and security in political speechmaking: the 2008 US Presidential Campaign

Higgins, Michael (2009) Populism and security in political speechmaking: the 2008 US Presidential Campaign. In: Media, Religion and Conflict. Ashgate, Aldershot, pp. 129-144. ISBN 0754678533

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    Abstract

    The issue of security has been a prominent feature of the US political landscape since the attacks of 9/11. Not surprisingly, then, issues of security, trust and credibility were raised throughout the 2008 US election presidential campaign. In the latter stages of his presidency, George W. Bush had been engaged in portraying his two terms as a successful period as national protector, keeping the US safe from further terrorist attack. Both the policy and the rhetorical strategies of the Bush administration coalesced around an emphasis on 'homeland security'. As well as producing a dominant way of asserting political legitimacy, this put in place an administrative framework within which elected legislators had to situate themselves, including the candidates for the 2008 presidential election.

    Item type: Book Section
    ID code: 16744
    Keywords: political speeches, us politics, discourse analysis, Political institutions (United States), Broadcasting
    Subjects: Political Science > Political institutions (United States)
    Language and Literature > Literature (General) > Broadcasting
    Department: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) > School of Humanities > Journalism
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    Depositing user: Mrs Tereza McLaughlin-Vanova
    Date Deposited: 17 Mar 2010 13:57
    Last modified: 19 Mar 2012 01:17
    URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/16744

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