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Battle Lines: Reconsidering Power within the White House by Tracking Prose
Unformatted Document Text:  Battle Lines: Reconsidering Power Within the White House by Tracking Prose Ken Collier Stephen F. Austin State University Box 13045 SFA Station Nacogdoches, Texas 75962 ## email not listed ## www.kencollier.org Prepared for presentation at the American Political Science Association Meetings Philadelphia, PA • August 2006 Abstract The presidency is generally viewed as a single institution united behind a shared perspective and focused on a single mission. However, the stoic exterior of the White House conceals a variety of political, personal, and institutional cleavages. While these internal divisions usually can not be observed, it may be possible to reveal them through an examination of changes to drafts of presidential speeches. This study uses DICTION software produce a quantitative analysis of changes in presidential speeches as they move through the drafting and vetting process. Drafts of presidential addresses from the archives of the Roosevelt and Reagan presidential libraries are used to illustrate the different perspectives within the White House.

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Battle Lines:
Reconsidering Power Within the White House by Tracking Prose




Ken Collier
Stephen F. Austin State University
Box 13045 SFA Station
Nacogdoches, Texas 75962
## email not listed ##
www.kencollier.org

Prepared for presentation at the
American Political Science Association Meetings
Philadelphia, PA • August 2006

Abstract
The presidency is generally viewed as a single institution united behind a shared
perspective and focused on a single mission. However, the stoic exterior of the White
House conceals a variety of political, personal, and institutional cleavages. While these
internal divisions usually can not be observed, it may be possible to reveal them through
an examination of changes to drafts of presidential speeches.
This study uses DICTION software produce a quantitative analysis of changes in
presidential speeches as they move through the drafting and vetting process. Drafts of
presidential addresses from the archives of the Roosevelt and Reagan presidential
libraries are used to illustrate the different perspectives within the White House.


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