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Communication is one of the most important instruments in politics. Frequent and effective communication is a necessary benchmark for a well-functioning government. The State of the Union Address is among the most important dialogues between the executive and legislative branches. It has evolved into an opportunity for a president to tout their accomplishments and set an agenda for the upcoming year. The ability to broadcast the State of the Union Address via television, radio, and other communication forums allows it to function as more than just the president’s address to Congress, giving the president a medium to communicate with the public.


This is the 23rd entry in the Critical Questions series.