Acta Politica

, Volume 54, Issue 1, pp 174–176 | Cite as

British public diplomacy and soft power. Diplomatic influence and digital disruption

James Pamment, Palgrave Macmillan, 2016, ISBN 978-3-319-43 239-7, €89.99
  • Galina A. NelaevaEmail author
Book Review

Public diplomacy has been a popular topic among researchers of political science, communication studies and international relations in the recent years, but its meaning and boundaries have been contested across countries and case studies. James Pamment, a researcher from Lund University (Sweden) investigates the evolution and transformation of public diplomacy in the United Kingdom from the mid-1990s until 2015. Pamment sets himself an overarching task: to trace “the re-imagining of British diplomacy in light of the digital communication revolution” (p. 2). Like many authors studying the subject, he begins his research with the operationalization of the terms public diplomacy, cultural diplomacy, soft power and cultural relations, and outlines his theoretical framework. He suggests looking at articulations of public diplomacy and soft power as discursive practices, as “contested and negotiated building blocks through which actors understand the world and make decisions, amid complex...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Tyumen State UniversityTyumenRussia

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