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A political scientist analyzes Merkel's rhetoric : More belligerence car

policy can be quite nerve: Newspapers, study, messages, read between the lines, think, engage. Who is not looking for his career in parties or political groups, all and by the way: on the way to the office, in buses, trams or trains, in the lunch break, after work. Why is it that when most of the political issues are so complicated that you would like to leave that to the experts?

Astrid Sévilles plea for a democratic culture of discussion starts with an awkward confession: they Would not a political scientist, you would keep out of politics dear. Because policy is frustrated. Séville shows two sides of this problem: a technocratic-described style of government, claiming the lack of alternatives, its programs, on constraints instead of arguments. And the criticism of the seemingly alternative government, especially from the right-wing populist camp.

Séville analyzed Merkel and Thatcher

This criticism of the "Establishment" does not want to Séville deny the privilege completely. Right at the outset she quotes the appropriate lines from the party program of the AfD to take on their own following the spirit of the time. You can read the booklet as a contribution to the question of how the right-wing populist scene. If, however, the advances from the right, hoping like Séville, that can seemingly revive an argument-free debate climate, may be doubted: "the fact That something is publicly dealt with, there is no advantage, but result is that you get used to it", has put forward Jan Philipp Reemtsma recently to contradict such theories. Resentment is not simply there, it is live of tolerance and legitimacy.

You can see in the light of the foregoing, the settlement of two very different women: Angela Merkel and Margaret Thatcher. Séville analyzed Merkel's rhetorical strategy is to focus on lack of alternatives. The Essay takes a position on the Constitution, practice, and the role of the parties in the current political order. A push in a different direction about Juli Zeh, a writer and lawyer, took already some time ago, just at the Brandenburg constitutional court called: "If the party system no longer corresponds to the political needs of the people, you can't force people to find a party well, but must reform the System."

stand-alone engagement with political rhetoric

Unfortunately, Séville alternative organization discussed models and proposals beyond the right-wing populism. Also democratic-theoretical questions are referenced in the ivory tower. If you speak for uncritical of the "established parties", puts it rhetorically in the vicinity of the discourses, the forms and content criticized them to be smart and sharp. "We are the 87 %," it says, we are "many, colorful and loud". That sounds as an answer on Pegida, the AfD & co. are too weak.

Nevertheless, the book provides a stand-alone engagement with political rhetoric, and asks for the conditions of successful debates and democratic Engagement. The ratio of the "truth and politics" takes Séville, the title of Hannah Arendt, responding to, exactly. You will focus mainly on the one side, the policy-makers. Less responsibility you are looking for those whose choice is law, after all, the "active".

The book is a simplification of your Dissertation

Séville developed their theses on the Basis of 2017 to the Campus, published the award-winning Dissertation, "There is no alternative". In it, she analyses the dangers of rhetorical escalation in the political operation, clear and precise. Here, you must ask yourself how your own political and educational rhetoric to behave. While the Dissertation argues that language and content at the high level of complex interrelationships, it brings the "Sound of Power" a lot of catchy formulations, abbreviates intricate relationship of structure to hang the simple.

you read both books in parallel, is the question of whether to fall at the end of the publisher, a style that is threatening to talk to the theses of the book. Nevertheless, Astrid Séville, is a successful an independent and sovereign Essay.

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policy needs to be communication, Not afraid of Controversy

Valentin Feneberg

Astrid Séville: The Sound of Power. A critique of dissonant rule. Verlag C. H. Beck, Munich 2018. 192 pages, 14,95 €.

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