heresthetic

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heresthetic

(ˌhɛrəsˈθɛtɪk)
n
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a political strategy by which a person or group sets or manipulates the context and structure of a decision-making process in order to win or be more likely to win
[C20: coined, originally in the form heresthetics, by the US political scientist William Riker (1921–93), from Greek hairein to choose]
ˌheresˈthetical adj
heresthetician n
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Trying to Get What You Want: Heresthetical Maneuvering and U.
77) A heresthetical maneuver involves an actor who sets the agenda by choosing a question strategically to generate supportive majority coalitions for a particular outcome, even when the majority may not seem supportive when the discussion is framed on another dimension.
See Lee Epstein & Olga Shvetsova, Heresthetical Maneuvering on the US Supreme Court, 14 J.
Doig and Hargrove [1987] on David Lilienthal at the TVA), through various rhetorical and heresthetical tools (as described by Riker [1986]), through taking advantage of accidents and other unplanned events (e.
All of these tactics can be conceptualized as falling into one of two categories: rhetorical or heresthetical persuasion.
Heresthetical influence or persuasion, on the other hand, involves "structuring the world so you can win.
Heresthetical influence has been largely neglected in the presidency literature, and it is this neglect that leads many presidency scholars to reach the counterintuitive conclusion that presidents influence the legislative process only "at the margins.
The House did not consider cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency, Departments of Health and Human Services, and agricultural programs, individually Reagan was successful in achieving his outcome of interest with respect to the 1982 budget because he used heresthetical influence.
72) The president is in a unique position to employ heresthetical influence in his dealings with Congress.
While I argue that the president is in a unique position to use heresthetical persuasion, the strategy is by no means limited to him.
Once the bill reached the floor of the House, however, Nixon had greater success with his heresthetical influence.