American Exceptionalism and US Foreign Policy: Public by S. McEvoy-Levy

By S. McEvoy-Levy

The e-book examines a severe time and position in fresh global heritage (the finish of the chilly struggle) and the innovations and values hired within the public international relations of the Bush and Clinton Administrations to construct household and overseas consensus. It presents perception into the makes use of of Presidential strength and offers a version and a demonstration of the way the position of rhetoric can be used to review the overseas coverage of the U.S..

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The organizational process model suggests that a rhetorical establishment or tradition exists from which policy-makers draw previously successful images, phrases, and analogies. The personality model underlines rhetoric's revelatory qualities; it reveals a speaker's personal experience and beliefs. The rational actor model omits reference to rhetoric but all policy speeches cry rational action. Thus, whether rationality is in reality the driving force, the public is persuaded that it is; and in trying to deceive others, some policy-makers may also come to deceive themselves.

95 Like state interests, governmental rhetoric is increasingly influenced by ideas and discourse emerging from a global society of states, organizations, corporations, and multiplyaligned elites in different modes of competition and dialogue. 99 Most of the `para-ideological' themes identified in the course of this study are far from new, but the products or adaptations of traditions of American political thought reaching back to the Puritans. Like ideologies and religions such `para-ideologies' have a `stabilizing' function in society and normally operate to the benefit of the dominant class or group.

A rhetorical themes focus helps break down the artificial compartmentalization of elements of the policy-making process implied in the models described above. Ernest May provides the rationale for the development of a rhetoric-centered approach. 91 A recurring themes approach enables a consideration of the `relationship' between political rhetoric and the social, cultural, and historical context within which political elites operate and design public appeals. For example, US Presidential rhetoric is not just a product of competition and collaboration between 20 American Exceptionalism & US Foreign Policy official policy-makers and policy entrepreneurs.

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