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Addressing the State of the Union: The Evolution And Impact of the Presidents's Big Speech
Faculty Authored Books and Book Contributions
  • Donna R. Hoffman, University of Northern Iowa
  • Alison D. Howard, Department of Political Science and International Studies, Dominican University of California
Format
Book
Description
The State of the Union is no ordinary speech on at least two accounts: it is a fundamental statement of how a president approaches current policy debates, and it is the one presidential address that US citizens are most likely to hear each year. Donna Hoffman and Alison Howard document the political significance and legislative impact, or often, lack of impact, of this most visible of presidential communications. Exploring how and why the State of the Union address came to be a key tool in the exercise of presidential power, the authors outline the ways presidents use it to gain attention, to communicate with target audiences, and to make specific policy proposals. Their richly textured analysis offers a penetrating look at the complex relationship between contemporary presidential leadership and Congressional lawmaking.
ISBN
978-1588264510
Publication Date
7-30-2006
Publisher
Lynne Rienner Publishers
Keywords
  • Presidents,
  • Speech Writing,
  • Political Oratory
Disciplines
Citation Information
Donna R. Hoffman and Alison D. Howard. Addressing the State of the Union: The Evolution And Impact of the Presidents's Big Speech. Boulder, CO(2006)
Available at: http://0-works.bepress.com.library.simmons.edu/alison_howard/36/