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Political Style : The Artistry of Power - Robert Hariman

Political Style

The Artistry of Power

Paperback Published: 1st January 1995
ISBN: 9780226316307
Number Of Pages: 272

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In this book, Robert Hariman demonstrates how matters of style--of diction, manners, sensibility, decor, and charisma--influence politics.
In critical studies of classic texts, Hariman identifies four dominant political styles. The realist style, as found in Machiavelli's "The Prince," creates a world of sheer power, constant calculation, and emotional control; this style is the common sense of modern political science. The courtly style, depicted in Kapuscinski's "The Emperor," is characterized by high decorousness, hierarchies, and fixation on the body of the sovereign; this style infuses mass media coverage of the American presidency. The republican style, reflected in Cicero's letters to Atticus, promotes the art of oratory, consensus, and civility; it informs our ideal of democratic conversation. The bureaucratic style, as captured in Kafka's "The Castle," emphasizes institutional procedures, official character, and the priority of writing; this style structures everday life.
Hariman looks at effective political artistry in figures from antiquity to modern politicians such as Vaclav Havel, Ronald Reagan, and Bill Clinton. He discusses the crises to which each style is susceptible, as well as the social and moral consequences of each style's success.

No Superficial Attractions and Ornaments: The Invention of Modernity in Machiavelli's Realist Style
No One Is in Charge Here: Ryszard Kapuscinski's Anatomy of the Courtly Style
In Oratory as in Life: Civic Performance in Cicero's Republican Style
A Boarder in One's Own Home: Franz Kafka's Parables of the Bureaucratic Style
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ISBN: 9780226316307
ISBN-10: 0226316300
Series: New Practices of Inquiry
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 1st January 1995
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.35
Edition Number: 2

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