In this volume on political argumentation, the study of argument takes place within a rhetorical framework. As such, it is a contribution to the study of argumentation-in-context with an explicit rhetorical approach. Rather than focusing on the poor quality of political participation and political understanding by citizens, this volume explores how the study of rhetoric, both as an academic discipline and as a political practice, stands in a unique position to critically engage with a `contextualized' understanding of politics and civic engagement. Many contributions in this volume confront classical rhetorical concepts and theories with current political developments such as globalization and multiculturalism and the emergence of new democracies. Others focus explicitly on deliberative rhetoric in the political realm, or undertake a critical analysis of political texts and public events in order to explore what this can imply for the development of a `critical' citizenship.
1. List of authors; 2. Introduction; 3. Let's talk politics: Introduction (by Rutten, Kris); 4. Part I. Theory; 5. Aristotle on deliberation: Its place in ethics, politics and rhetoric (by Kock, Christian); 6. More than a nice ritual: Official apologies as a rhetorical act in need of theoretical re-conceptualization (by Villadsen, Lisa); 7. Cultural diversity, globalization, and political correctness: Rhetorical argumentation in multicultural societies (by Kraus, Manfred); 8. Part II. Cases; 9. Dialogic voices: A pragma-dialectical approach to R. G. Mugabe's ceremonial speeches (by Jakaza, Ernest); 10. Prosodic enhancers of humorous effect in political speeches (by Sayenko, Tetyana); 11. Correlative markers in EU-parliamentary French debate: The case of non seulement... mais in comparison to et meme (by Svensson, Maria); 12. British Prime Minister David Cameron's apology for Bloody Sunday (by Edwards, Jason A.); 13. Entropa: Rhetoric of parody and provocation (by Just, Sine Norholm); 14. US National Security Strategy: Different presidencies, different rhetoric? (by Degano, Chiara); 15. The Bridge: the rhetorical construction of Barack Obama's biography by David Remnick (by Van Belle, Hilde); 16. Learning to differ: Transforming parliament through argument and debate in Poland post-1989 (by Ornatowski, Cezar M.); 17. Name index; 18. Subject index