How language is used in politics is a common topic of public debate. Some politicians are accused of misusing language and are derided in consequence as shallow and inept. Others, in contrast, are accused of using it all too well, of being too clever by half, with the consequent insinuation that they are skilful and dangerous manipulators of the mind. But to what degree do those doing the accusing – principally the press – use the same techniques or are guilty of the same transgressions? In this work we look at numerous examples of how politicians use the mechanisms that the language provides to practice the oldest of democratic arts, the art of persuasion. At the same time, by analysing these mechanisms, we can hopefully learn how, when necessary, to resist their power.

Persuasion in Politics: New Edition

PARTINGTON, ALAN SCOTT;
2010

Abstract

How language is used in politics is a common topic of public debate. Some politicians are accused of misusing language and are derided in consequence as shallow and inept. Others, in contrast, are accused of using it all too well, of being too clever by half, with the consequent insinuation that they are skilful and dangerous manipulators of the mind. But to what degree do those doing the accusing – principally the press – use the same techniques or are guilty of the same transgressions? In this work we look at numerous examples of how politicians use the mechanisms that the language provides to practice the oldest of democratic arts, the art of persuasion. At the same time, by analysing these mechanisms, we can hopefully learn how, when necessary, to resist their power.
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Partington Alan; Taylor Charlotte
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