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Rhetoric in municipal amalgamations: A comparative analysis

Drew, Joseph, Razin, Eran and Andrews, Rhys 2019. Rhetoric in municipal amalgamations: A comparative analysis. Local Government Studies 45 (5) , pp. 748-767. 10.1080/03003930.2018.1530657

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Abstract

There is a large literature that seeks to evaluate municipal amalgamations ex post, but a relative dearth of scholarly inquiry into the practical political task of persuading the public to accept amalgamations ex ante. We address this important gap in the literature by conducting a rhetorical analysis to ascertain what types of arguments are believed to be efficacious for persuasion on amalgamation. We find evidence to suggest belief in the efficacy of persuading the public through recourse to various projected dreadful consequences, particularly amongst opponents of amalgamation. We conclude by considering some of the reasons behind the observed rhetorics and briefly outline one possible solution.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 0300-3930
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 26 September 2018
Date of Acceptance: 25 September 2018
Last Modified: 14 Apr 2020 12:01
URI: https://orca.cardiff.ac.uk/id/eprint/115250

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