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Religio-Political Rhetoric and Presidential Policy Goals: Problem Definition, Framing, and Agenda-Setting Tactics

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No studies with a comprehensive, empirical, and qualitative approach to how Presidents use religio-political rhetoric for problem definition, framing, and agenda setting exist in the literature. The extant literature is concerned with quantifiable references to religious or moral terminology in the State of the Union and Inaugural Speeches. This content analysis will categorize Presidential speeches according to issues such as social welfare, civil liberties/rights, and foreign policy. A typology of religously framed rhetorical devices will be constructed. It is argued that the Presidents define policy problems through religiously framed concepts that are ubiquitously themed, universal concepts that resonate with the public, ones that the people recognize, ones that are fundamental to religions: sin, soteriology, sacrifice, eschatology, other-worldliness, exoduses, laws/righteousness, covenants, and canons. This allows the President to use religio-political rhetoric to make policy issues and goals salient to the public and to policy-makers, which he can then translate to policy outcomes. This creates a theory of how the inclusion of religio-political language in Presidential rhetoric forms an alternate social reality/framework of reference wherein deep core beliefs can be translated and effected to favorable policy core beliefs. The Presidents’ appeals to deep core beliefs can then be used to set the policy agenda and secure policy goals. Therefore, this dissertation will ascertain how, why, and when Presidents use religio-political rhetoric to define problems and set the political agenda to secure major policy goals in social welfare, foreign policy, and civil rights/liberties.

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Arthur, Damien. "Religio-Political Rhetoric and Presidential Policy Goals: Problem Definition, Framing, and Agenda-Setting Tactics" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Northeastern Political Science Association, Omni Parker House, Boston, MA, Nov 11, 2010 <Not Available>. 2014-11-27 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p438550_index.html>

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Arthur, D. , 2010-11-11 "Religio-Political Rhetoric and Presidential Policy Goals: Problem Definition, Framing, and Agenda-Setting Tactics" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Northeastern Political Science Association, Omni Parker House, Boston, MA Online <APPLICATION/PDF>. 2014-11-27 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p438550_index.html

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Abstract: No studies with a comprehensive, empirical, and qualitative approach to how Presidents use religio-political rhetoric for problem definition, framing, and agenda setting exist in the literature. The extant literature is concerned with quantifiable references to religious or moral terminology in the State of the Union and Inaugural Speeches. This content analysis will categorize Presidential speeches according to issues such as social welfare, civil liberties/rights, and foreign policy. A typology of religously framed rhetorical devices will be constructed. It is argued that the Presidents define policy problems through religiously framed concepts that are ubiquitously themed, universal concepts that resonate with the public, ones that the people recognize, ones that are fundamental to religions: sin, soteriology, sacrifice, eschatology, other-worldliness, exoduses, laws/righteousness, covenants, and canons. This allows the President to use religio-political rhetoric to make policy issues and goals salient to the public and to policy-makers, which he can then translate to policy outcomes. This creates a theory of how the inclusion of religio-political language in Presidential rhetoric forms an alternate social reality/framework of reference wherein deep core beliefs can be translated and effected to favorable policy core beliefs. The Presidents’ appeals to deep core beliefs can then be used to set the policy agenda and secure policy goals. Therefore, this dissertation will ascertain how, why, and when Presidents use religio-political rhetoric to define problems and set the political agenda to secure major policy goals in social welfare, foreign policy, and civil rights/liberties.


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