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European Public Diplomacy

Soft Power at Work

  • Editors
  • Mai’a K. Davis Cross
  • Jan Melissen

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Mai’a K. Davis Cross
    Pages 1-11
  3. James Pamment
    Pages 13-38
  4. Beata Ociepka
    Pages 39-56
  5. Teresa La Porte
    Pages 85-111
  6. Ian Manners, Richard Whitman
    Pages 183-203
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 213-230

About this book


Do the various aspects of Europe's multi-leveled public diplomacy form a coherent overall image, or do they work against each other to some extent? European Public Diplomacy pushes the literature on public diplomacy forward through a multifaceted exploration of the European case.


Diplomacy Europe European Union European Union (EU) international politics work

About the authors

Nicholas J. Cull, University of Southern California, USA Beata Ociepka, University of Wroclaw, Poland Ellen Huijgh, Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada Teresa La Porte, Universidad de Navarra, Spain James Pamment, Karlstad University, Sweden Rianne Van Doeveren, Clingendael Institute Simon Duke, University of Maastricht, Netherlands Ali Fisher, independent strategic communication strategist Peter Van Ham, Netherlands Institute of International Relations 'Clingendael' in The Hague Ian Manners, Roskilde University, Denmark Richard Whitman, University of Kent, UK

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"The European Union is an actor of growing importance in international politics, yet its role and impact is poorly understood by scholars and publics alike. This fine volume brings together a diverse group of thoughtful analysts to explore the various ways in which the EU has projected its unique brand of soft power across a range of domestic, regional and international settings. The EU's public diplomacy as outlined here will surprise readers in its extent and consequences." - Kathleen R. McNamara, Associate Professor, Georgetown University, USA

"This is a first-rate collection of essays that adds greatly to our understanding of the EU's record in the field of public diplomacy. It will draw much-deserved new attention to this overlooked field of study, and give new clarity to the much-maligned role of the EU as a global actor." - John McCormick, Professor, Indiana University, Indianapolis

"This edited volume provides a highly contextualized and granular analysis of European Union public diplomacy. Amid the overly-pessimistic literature about the future of the European project, Cross and Melissen have mobilized a wide range of contributions that highlight the advances made in the building of practical expressions of EU soft power. Embedded in the expanding body of comparative literature, with a focus on identity, narratives and norms, this first-rate volume provides rich detail about the external face of European regionalism, with all its attractive, albeit uneven, features." - Andrew F. Cooper, Professor, the Balsillie School of International Affairs and the Department of Political Science, and Director, Centre for Studies on Rapid Global Change, University of Waterloo, Canada

'This is a timely book on a subject of critical importance. Anyone interested in public diplomacy will find much useful material and interesting views here. This is an important attempt to discuss almost all aspects of European public diplomacy.' Haibing Zhang, Executive Director, Institute for World Economy Studies, Shanghai Institutes for International Studies (SIIS), China.