Twisting Tongues and Twisting Arms: The Power of Political Rhetoric

  title={Twisting Tongues and Twisting Arms: The Power of Political Rhetoric},
  author={Ronald R. Krebs and Patrick Thaddeus Jackson},
  journal={European Journal of International Relations},
  pages={35 - 66}
While scholars of International Relations and comparative politics have usually treated rhetoric as epiphenomenal, one strand of constructivism has recently returned rhetoric to the heart of political analysis, especially through the mechanism of persuasion. We too maintain that rhetoric is central to political processes and outcomes, but we argue that persuasion is theoretically and methodologically problematic. We aver that rhetoric's role may be more usefully conceptualized in the context of… 

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