Demonstrates that moral and religious rhetoric is a strategic tool presidents can use to enhance their constitutional authority. This work analyzes the president's role as the nation's moral spokesman. It employs content analysis of the inaugural and annual addresses of all the presidents from George Washington through George W Bush.
COLLEEN J. SHOGAN, who holds a Ph.D. from Yale University, is an assistant professor of government at George Mason University. She is the recipient of the American Political Science Association Congressional Fellowship.
"Shogan's argument that moral rhetoric stems more from the political context of a president than from his personality or leadership style is right on the mark. . . . a valuable contribution to the literature on presidential rhetoric."--Terri Bimes, Associate Director, Center for American Political Studies, Harvard University
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