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'It Ain't What You Say ...': British Political Studies and the Analysis of Speech and Rhetoric

Martin, James and Finlayson, Alan. 2008. 'It Ain't What You Say ...': British Political Studies and the Analysis of Speech and Rhetoric. British Politics, 3(4), pp. 445-464. ISSN 1746-918X [Article]

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This article discusses the utility and fecundity promised for British political studies by the study of speech and rhetoric. It is argued that the systematic investigation of speech in British politics can shed light on political institutions, ideologies and strategies. After exploring these areas in some detail the article goes on to discuss the last party conference speech Tony Blair delivered as Prime Minister. This discussion is demonstrative and synoptic in nature, surveying a broad territory and showing the kinds of questions that a rhetorical political analysis can ask and what, in response, might be done to answer these questions.

Item Type:

Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.1057/bp.2008.21

Keywords:

rhetoric, political speech, interpretive methodologies, British politics, Tony Blair, Blairism

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Politics

Dates:

DateEvent
2008Published

Item ID:

3414

Date Deposited:

13 Aug 2010 10:12

Last Modified:

30 Jun 2017 12:10

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/3414

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