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Communicating National Image through Development and Diplomacy

The Politics of Foreign Aid

  • James Pamment
  • Karin Gwinn Wilkins
  • Looks at case studies in areas such as Kosovo, Korea, Mexico, Turkey, Afghanistan, Somalia, Sweden, Colombia, Russia and China

  • Explores foreign policy trends originating with some of the most powerful Northern donors in order to see how they are influencing patterns of national development

  • Develops a theoretical basis for better understanding the intersections between public diplomacy (PD) and development communication (Devcom)


Part of the Palgrave Studies in Communication for Social Change book series (PSCSC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. James Pamment, Karin Gwinn Wilkins
    Pages 1-22
  3. Karin Gwinn Wilkins
    Pages 51-71
  4. Karin Gwinn Wilkins, James Pamment
    Pages 261-263
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 265-272

About this book


This edited collection draws upon interdisciplinary research to explore new dimensions in the politics of image and aid. While development communication and public diplomacy are established research fields, there is little scholarship that seeks to understand how the two areas relate to one another. However, international development doctrine in the US, UK and elsewhere increasingly suggests that they are integrated–or at the very least should be–at the level of national strategy. This timely volume considers a variety of cases in diverse regions, drawing upon a combination of theoretical and conceptual lenses that combine a focus on both aid and image. The result is a text that seeks to establish a new body of knowledge on how contemporary debates into public diplomacy, soft power and the national image are fundamentally changing not just the communication of aid, but its wider strategies, modalities and practices.


national image foreign aid development diplomacy social change

Editors and affiliations

  • James Pamment
    • 1
  • Karin Gwinn Wilkins
    • 2
  1. 1.Lund UniversityLundSweden
  2. 2.University of Texas at AustinAustinUSA

About the editors

James Pamment is Associate Professor in Strategic Communication at Lund University, Sweden.

Karin Wilkins is Professor of Media Studies at the University of Texas at Austin, USA. 

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Communicating National Image through Development and Diplomacy
  • Book Subtitle The Politics of Foreign Aid
  • Editors James Pamment
    Karin Gwinn Wilkins
  • Series Title Palgrave Studies in Communication for Social Change
  • Series Abbreviated Title Palgrave Studies in Communication for Social Change
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Literature, Cultural and Media Studies Literature, Cultural and Media Studies (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-76758-1
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-09575-8
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-76759-8
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XII, 272
  • Number of Illustrations 12 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Media and Communication
    Development Communication
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