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Dominance through Coercion: Strategic Rhetorical Balancing and the Tactics of Justification in Afghanistan and Libya

Holland, J and Aaronson, M (2014) Dominance through Coercion: Strategic Rhetorical Balancing and the Tactics of Justification in Afghanistan and Libya Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding, 8 (1). pp. 1-20.

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Abstract

This article analyses British and American justifications for military intervention in the decade following 9/11. Taking Afghanistan in 2001 and Libya in 2011 as the main case studies, the article explores the ways in which political elites attempt to achieve policy dominance through rhetorical coercion, whereby potential opponents are left unable to formulate a socially sustainable rebuttal. Specifically, in these case studies, the article explores the use of strategic rhetorical balancing, whereby secondary rationales for intervention are emphasized as part of a tactic of justification designed to secure doubters' acquiescence by narrowing the discursive space in which an alternative counter-narrative could be successfully and sustainably formulated.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Department of Politics
Authors :
AuthorsEmailORCID
Holland, JUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Aaronson, MUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : 13 March 2014
Identification Number : 10.1080/17502977.2013.856126
Additional Information : This is an Author's Accepted Manuscript of an article published in Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding, 2014, copyright Taylor & Francis, available online at: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/17502977.2013.856126
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 29 Oct 2014 17:16
Last Modified : 13 Sep 2015 01:08
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/804672

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