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Do they walk like they talk? : speech and action in policy processes

Author: Louis M Imbeau
Publisher: New York : Springer-Verlag, ©2009.
Series: Studies in public choice.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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George Bush’s 1988 campaign pledge, "Read my lips: no new taxes," has become a mantra for those who distrust politicians and bureaucrats. The gulf between what political leaders say and do seems to be widening, and in democratic societies around the world, contributing to an atmosphere of cynicism and apathy among the citizenry. Understanding the characteristics and functions of speech in policy processes is a  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Louis M Imbeau
ISBN: 9780387896724 0387896724
OCLC Number: 437347271
Description: 1 online resource (1 volume).
Contents: Dissonance in Policy Processes: An Introduction --
Disciplinary Perspectives --
The Power of Words: A Philosophical Perspective --
Information Shrouding and the Governmental Supply of Goods and Services: An Economic Perspective --
Party Rhetoric and Practice: A Normative Perspective from Political Science --
Measuring How Political Parties Keep Their Promises: A Positive Perspective from Political Science --
Empirical Studies --
Measuring US Presidents’ Political Commitment for Fiscal Discipline Between 1920 and 2008 --
Would You Trust an Italian Politician? Evidence from Italian Regional Politics --
General Policy Speech of Prime Ministers and Fiscal Choices in France: “Preach Water and Drink Wine!” --
Do Governments Manipulate Their Revenue Forecasts? Budget Speech and Budget Outcomes in the Canadian Provinces --
Dissonance in Fiscal Policy: A Power Approach --
Speeches and Legislative Extremism in the U.S. Senate --
Do Parties Matter? A Qualitative Answer with Numbers --
Talking Like a Tax Collector or a Social Guardian? The Use of Administrative Discourse by U.S. State Lottery Agencies --
The Early European “FederalismFederalism ”: Ambiguities of Talks About How to Walk Toward a Political UnionPolitical Union --
A Semiotic Network Comparison of Technocratic and Populist Discourses in Turkey --
Conclusion --
Do They Walk Like They Talk? A Conclusion.
Series Title: Studies in public choice.
Responsibility: Louis M. Imbeau, editor.

Abstract:

George Bush’s 1988 campaign pledge, "Read my lips: no new taxes," has become a mantra for those who distrust politicians and bureaucrats. The gulf between what political leaders say and do seems to be widening, and in democratic societies around the world, contributing to an atmosphere of cynicism and apathy among the citizenry. Understanding the characteristics and functions of speech in policy processes is a requirement for trying to overcome this problem. However, there has been scant analysis of political discourse; the aim of this book is to help fill this analytical gap, by exploring political speech from a variety of perspectives, including normative, epistemological, and empirical. Incorporating insights from economics, political science, philosophy, and law, and evidence from the United States, Canada, France, Italy, Turkey, and the EU, the book addresses a wide variety of timely issues, including: Fiscal discipline in speeches vs budget balance Revenues forecasted in budget speeches vs realized budget outcomes Electoral pledges vs actual realizations Ideological stance in party publications vs spending and revenues of party governments The political business cycle Other questions explored include: Should policy makers always tell the truth and all the truth? What are the benefits and the costs of transparency? How can we resolve the apparent contradiction between the democratic demand for transparency and the efficiency requirement of secrecy in many policy areas? Under which conditions is secrecy acceptable in a democratic society? To what extent may deception and lies lead to a breach of trust or to power abuse? What are the most efficient institutional mechanisms to prevent such abuse? Collectively, the authors present new insights for understanding political process and government activity, and suggest avenues for further research.

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