The article is concerned with the problem of style in political
communication. The analysis is chiefly directed toward certain "causal"
factors affecting style. The author proves that style in the language of politics
varies according to the basic features of a situation in which communication
is an instrument of power. The power situations can be classified according
to the degree of crisis, the degree of despotism or democracy. The author also
argues that style characteristics may prove to be diagnostic criteria for the
disclosure of destructive or creative political personalities.