Media impact on diplomatic practice: An evolutionary model of change

Archetti, Cristina 2010, Media impact on diplomatic practice: An evolutionary model of change , in: American Political Science Association (APSA) Annual Convention, 2-5 September, Washington, DC. (Unpublished)

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Based on a range of interviews with foreign diplomats in London, the paper explains the considerable variation in the way communication technologies both affect diplomatic practices and are appropriated by diplomats to pursue the respective countries’ information gathering and outreach objectives. The study shows that London, as an information environment, is experienced differently by each of the diplomats and embassy actors. The analysis elaborates an explanatory model of the “communication behaviour” of foreign diplomats in London based on an evolutionary analogy: foreign diplomats in the context of the British capital, within their respective embassy organizations, can each be compared to the members of a species attempting to survive in a natural environment. The nuances highlighted by the model challenge the largely homogeneous and generalized nature of current debates about media and diplomacy, as well as public diplomacy.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Themes: Subjects / Themes > J Political Science > JZ International relations
Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Schools > School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences
Schools > School of Arts & Media > Arts, Media and Communication Research Centre
Refereed: No
Depositing User: C Archetti
Date Deposited: 06 Dec 2010 12:06
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2022 10:37

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