From Beliefs to Arguments: Interpretive Methodology and Rhetorical Political Analysis

  title={From Beliefs to Arguments: Interpretive Methodology and Rhetorical Political Analysis},
  author={Alan Finlayson},
  journal={The British Journal of Politics and International Relations},
  pages={545 - 563}
  • Alan Finlayson
  • Published 1 November 2007
  • Sociology
  • The British Journal of Politics and International Relations
This article examines the development of methods of political analysis concerned with ideas, beliefs and meanings and argues that these need to be supplemented by an approach attuned to the specific nature of political action. It argues that since politics involves the contest of ideas, beliefs and meanings, analysis should focus on arguments. Considering methods for the study of political arguments the article argues for a re-examination of the rhetorical tradition and the development of a… 
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