Cultural Diplomacy in Europe

Between the Domestic and the International

  • Caterina Carta
  • Richard Higgott

Part of the The European Union in International Affairs book series (EUIA)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Setting up the Institutional Machinery: Tuning the Different Voices of European Cultural Diplomacy

  3. The Role of Intra-European Cultural Diplomacy in the Age of Populisms

  4. Perspectives on the Future

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 215-215
    2. Riccardo Trobbiani, Andrea Pavón-Guinea
      Pages 217-237
    3. Caterina Carta, Richard Higgott
      Pages 239-261
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 263-274

About this book


This edited volume explores European cultural diplomacy, a topic of growing interest across the scholarly and applied public policy communities in recent years. The contributions focus on Europe, culture and diplomacy and the way they are interlinked in the contemporary international context. The European Union increasingly resorts to cultural assets and activity for both internal and external purposes, to foster European cohesion and advancing integration, and to mitigate the demise of other foreign policy components, respectively. This calls for an analysis of the strategic role of culture, especially as it relates to the realm of EU external action. The chapters provide a conceptual discussion of culture in international relations and examine how this concept relates to cultural diplomacy and cultural strategy. The authors discuss roles and relationships with the EU’s 2016 Global Strategy and current EU attempts to foster the EU’s political and societal resilience.

Caterina Carta is Associate Professor of International Relations at Université Laval, Quebec City, Canada. She holds a Canada Research Chair in Public Diplomacy.

Richard Higgott is Emeritus Professor of International Political Economy at the University of Warwick, UK, and Research Professor at the Institute for European Studies (IES) and Distinguished Professor of Diplomacy at Vesalius College (VUB), Brussels, Belgium.


European integration International Cultural Strategy Culture in International Relations EU Cultural Diplomacy policy-making discourse strategy development strategy collaboration functional delegation arm-length principle European Union EU member states EU and MENA 2016 Global Strategy Eastern Partnership institutional cooperation education populist nationalist zeitgeist populism post-Brexit Europe

Editors and affiliations

  • Caterina Carta
    • 1
  • Richard Higgott
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Political ScienceUniversité LavalQuébecCanada
  2. 2.Institute for European Studies (IES)Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)BrusselsBelgium

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