British Public Diplomacy and Soft Power: Diplomatic by James Pamment

By James Pamment

This quantity outlines 20 years of reforms on the overseas & Commonwealth place of work (FCO), British Council and BBC global provider – the so-called Public international relations companions. among 1995 and 2015, the FCO and its accomplice agencies in selling British effect overseas have brought significant adjustments to how, the place and with whom international relations is carried out. This certain examine hyperlinks significant organisational reforms to the altering political, technological and highbrow contexts of the day. via exact case reports over a 20-year interval, this research demonstrates how and why British international relations developed from a secretive establishment to at least one knowing its objective as a world notion chief via thoughts corresponding to public international relations, electronic international relations and smooth strength. it's wealthy with unpublished records and case reports, and is the main specific examine of the FCO and British Council within the modern interval. From Cool Britannia to the hot nice crusade through the 2012 Olympics and diplomats on Twitter, this e-book charts the speculation and perform at the back of a twenty first century revolution in British international relations. This paintings might be of a lot curiosity to policymakers and advisors, scholars and researchers, and international coverage and verbal exchange specialists.

“From the heady previous of Cool Britannia to the current days of the nice crusade when it comes to the Royal marriage ceremony, London Olympics and a number of different gambits in Britain's evolving try and hook up with international publics, this booklet is the basic account of the interior workings of an important element of latest British overseas coverage: public international relations. James Pamment is an astute, succinct and interesting Dante, bringing his readers on trip throughout the coverage tactics behind the curtain. We see the general public international relations equivalents of paradise, purgatory and the inferno, notwithstanding Pamment leaves us to choose that is which.”

Nicholas J. Cull, writer of ‘The Decline and Fall of the USA info organization: American Public international relations, 1989-2001’.

“A reward to practitioners who are looking to do the activity higher: required examining for somebody going right into a senior activity on the British Council, the united kingdom overseas & Commonwealth place of work and enlightened thinkers at 10 Downing highway, HM Treasury and Ministries of international Affairs world wide. Authoritative, scholarly and actual, Pamment moves a good stability among the salient info and the overarching photo. He additionally does a tremendous carrier to these folks who lived it; our toils make extra experience for what he has performed - putting them in a historic and conceptual context.”

John Worne, Director of method & exterior family members, British Council, 2007-2015

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However, it was never a formal campaign aimed at overseas citizens, and its impact was largely related to Blair’s domestic profile as a young and charismatic leader. It rather served as a poor facsimile of Leonard’s call for “a national consensus … born out of public debate and argument … [with the] widest possible participation in rethinking our identity”; indeed, the furore around Cool Britannia ensured that such a debate was impossible (1997a: 29, 60). Yet despite domestic derision, the hype grabbed the attention of the world’s media and helped to assert New Labour’s agenda, performing a valuable role in modernising projections of British identity outside of accepted diplomatic and cultural relations channels.

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Put simply, newIMAGES was the right campaign at the right time, and it would become the template for future public diplomacy campaigns that were not necessarily so ideally positioned. 38 J. PAMMENT In fact, newIMAGES can be considered the first of a new generation of public diplomacy programmes, establishing many of the characteristics of British promotional work for the next decade and a half. , running a series of activities for a limited period of time under a single set of objectives), the methods of coordinating multiple stakeholders through oversight boards, the generation of co-funding across the public and private sectors of both nations, the principle of conducting separate but complementary activities across multiple sectors and target groups under a single brand identity, the integration of digital platforms, and the utilisation of professional evaluation techniques to determine outputs and outcomes (cf.

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