Definitions

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  • n. the art of political manipulation, especially by the use of language

Etymologies

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Coined by William Riker, as the companion to rhetoric.

Examples

  • It is a matter not of persuasive rhetoric but of a heresthetic argument that shows how the proposal will serve the best interests of the majority.

    The Bass Handbook of Leadership

  • As Riker 1986, p. 64 noted, the heresthetic neither creates preferences nor hypnotizes.

    The Bass Handbook of Leadership

  • The gate-keeping roll of the majority party, legislative calendars, and the Rules Committee are key factors in keeping out the contagion of new issues just for heresthetic purposes.

    Archive 2006-07-01

  • Then, it will be easier to discuss the difference made much of here between introduction of “new” dimensions as heresthetic manipulation or genuine cross-cutting cleavages.

    Archive 2006-07-01

  • In Riker’s case studies, heresthetic leaders manipulated support by setting and controlling agendas, calculating likely voting patterns, and then manipulating the values of importance.

    The Bass Handbook of Leadership

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