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NCJ Number: 229507 Find in a Library
Title: Gubernatorial Crime Control Rhetoric: A Study in Symbolic Politics
Journal: Criminal Justice Policy Review  Volume:20  Issue:4  Dated:December 2009  Pages:457-474
Author(s): Nancy E. Marion; Colleen M. Smith; Willard M. Oliver
Date Published: December 2009
Page Count: 18
Document: HTML (Publisher Site)
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Through content analysis, this study examined governors' State of the State speeches to determine if their use of symbolic rhetoric with regards to the crime issue was the same as that employed by executives at the Federal level.
Abstract: Past research on presidential rhetoric about crime shows that presidents use crime rhetoric in a specific manner. When talking about crime, they are most likely to use symbolic statements that are designed to make people feel satisfied about government action. To date, no research has analyzed how governors employ political language related to crime. The current study draws on hypotheses derived from research related to the Federal executive and applies them to the 50 State executives. A content analysis of 7 years (2002-2008) of governors' State of the State speeches was conducted to assess how governors employ the issue of crime in their political communication. Overall, the results show that governors rarely follow the same patterns as presidents when speaking to their constituents about crime. Tables and references (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Crime control policies
Index Term(s): Criminal justice ideologies; Federal government; Government reactions to crime; Political influences; State government; State-by-state analyses
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