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Life in the first person and the art of political storytelling: the rhetoric of Andreas Papandreou

Papandreou, Nick (2014) Life in the first person and the art of political storytelling: the rhetoric of Andreas Papandreou. GreeSE paper (No. 85). The London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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This essay analyzes Andreas Papandreou’s skill as a political “story teller.” For a great majority of the Greek population, it is his narrative, his tale of modern Greece, the essay argues, that has become the accepted one. It was his narrative that helped bring and keep him in power for eleven years. One of the building blocks was an innate talent to draw conclusions and persuade the audience using events from his own personal experience – life in the first person. Another element was his academic background and a natural linguistic fluency. The analysis emphasizes his rhetorical devices and draws from the tropes of literature (metaphor, simile, suspense) to complete the standard portrait usually provided by political scientists and historians.

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
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Additional Information: © 2014 The Author
Divisions: European Institute
Hellenic Observatory
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DF Greece
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Sets: Departments > European Institute
Research centres and groups > Hellenic Observatory
Collections > GreeSE: Hellenic Observatory papers on Greece and Southeast Europe
Date Deposited: 28 May 2014 08:42
Last Modified: 22 Dec 2020 00:27

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