About this book
Through the analysis of eighteen years of presidential data, this book shows how Presidents Bush, Obama, and Trump have conducted and framed the war on terror since its inception in 2001. Examining all presidential speeches about terrorism from George W. Bush’s two terms as President, Barack Obama’s two terms as President, and Donald Trump’s first year as President, this book is the first to compare the three post-9/11 presidents in how they have dealt with the terror threat. Presidential Rhetoric on Terrorism under Bush, Obama, and Trump argues that when policies need to be “sold” to the public and Congress, presidents make their pertinent issues seem urgent through frequent speech-making and threat inflation. It further illustrates how after policies are sold, a new President’s reticence may signify quiet acceptance of the old regime’s approach. After examining the conduct of the war on terror to date, it concludes by posing policy suggestions for the future.
Gabriel Rubin is Associate Professor of Justice Studies at Montclair State University, USA. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA and is the author of Freedom and Order: How Democratic Governments Restrict Civil Liberties after Terrorist Attacks—and Why Sometimes They Don’t (2011).
- Book Title Presidential Rhetoric on Terrorism under Bush, Obama and Trump
- Book Subtitle Inflating and Calibrating the Threat after 9/11
- DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-30167-5
- Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
- Publisher Name Palgrave Pivot, Cham
- eBook Packages Political Science and International Studies Political Science and International Studies (R0)
- Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-30166-8
- Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-30169-9
- eBook ISBN 978-3-030-30167-5
- Edition Number 1
- Number of Pages XI, 142
- Number of Illustrations 19 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
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—David Zarefsky, Professor Emeritus of Communication Studies, Northwestern University, USA
Rubin’s illuminating study of presidential terrorism rhetoric, rich in quantitative analysis, qualitative insights and compelling policy suggestions, is an outstanding contribution to terrorism studies that deserves to be widely read."
—Jesse J. Norris, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, State University of New York at Fredonia, USA.