Three Cheers for Democratic Style! (Okay, maybe just two)

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This article examines certain aspects of rhetoric in democracies. Characterized as the democratic style, the author finds certain characteristics in common with other styles such as the realist and courtly. The words and actions of U.S. Secretary of State Condolezza Rice on a controversial trip to Great Britain are analyzed. Rice was able to dismiss the content of protests against the policies she represented by celebrating the existence of those who protested. Rice reframed the objections as a consensus over the objectives of democracy.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)450-453
Number of pages4
JournalRhetoric and Public Affairs
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 2008


  • Democracy
  • Political rhetoric
  • Discourse
  • Political protests
  • Citizenship
  • Politicians
  • Protest marches
  • Straw
  • Dissent
  • City councils


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