Title

Rhetorical Messages of Coups D'etat

Date of Award

1997

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

Communication Studies

First Advisor

Keith V. Erickson

Advisor Department

Communication Studies

Abstract

This study analyzes the rhetorical messages disseminated by rebel military leaders following coups d'etat. "Content analysis" of public political communiques in fourteen different coups reveals cross-cultural similarity in the rhetorical appeals employed by coup leaders when soliciting cooperation and the maintaining public order. These communications reveal an international hegemonic consent formation model employed by coup leaders to control the public. Reoccurring worldwide rhetorical appeals are labeled and supporting excerpts found in the Federal Broadcast Information Service files are documented for each appeal. Explanations for the existence of these appeals are suggested. The pervasiveness of these appeals internationally supports the existence of a rhetorical coup d'etat genre.