In this article, Jan Melissen aims to provide an all-inclusive overview of public diplomacy literature, a field that relates to a myriad of issues and that has been studied from various conceptual, disciplinary, and geographical points of view.
- Jan Melissen, Shangbie Du, Abhiraj Goswami
- 21 February 2023
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Public diplomacy is a relatively young concept and a field of study that has produced a deluge of literature since the turn of the century. As public diplomacy has been studied from various conceptual, disciplinary and geographical points of view, this article aims to provide an all-inclusive overview of public diplomacy literature.
The article is mainly based on the literature since 2010, so as to present cutting-edge knowledge in the field. The worldwide practice of diplomatic engagement with people preceded the integration of its terminology within governments and ministries of foreign affairs. In the present century, public diplomacy efforts have become increasingly mainstreamed. The practice is subject to wider evolutions occurring in international relations, diplomacy, and state-society relations.