"Words are actions, and leaders know it. This thought-provoking study sheds light on the rhetorical battles that have shaped Australia's recent political history - and it's a cracking good read to boot." (Dr Dennis Grube, University of Cambridge, UK) "An original diagnosis of political rhetoric, in theory and practice. The important thesis: leadership studies can renew itself by returning to its "neglected founder," the enlightenment philosopher Francis Bacon. For Bacon provides a comprehensive art of persuasion that can defend scientific and social innovation and thus "new levels of human welfare." The authors analyze accordingly six Australian instances, including a prime minister, Julia Gillard, combatting misogyny and a public intellectual, Noel Pearson, defending indigenous people. Here is a seriously provocative book on Bacon-style political communication with a freebie: snapshots of Australian democracy in action." (Professor Robert Faulkner, Boston College, USA)
Adam B. Masters is Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Transnational Research Institute on Corruption at the Australian National University.
John Uhr is Director of the Centre for the Study of Australian Politics at the Australian National University.