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2nd Edition

The Routledge Handbook of Soft Power

  • Available for pre-order on June 9, 2023. Item will ship after June 30, 2023
ISBN 9781032039268
June 30, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
448 Pages 6 Color & 40 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The Routledge Handbook of Soft Power (second edition) offers a comprehensive, detailed, and ground-breaking examination of soft power – a key factor in cultural diplomacy, cultural relations, and public diplomacy.  Interrogating soft power as influence the handbook examines manifestations in media, public mind, policy and theory - in a fraught geopolitical climate, one demanding reconceptualization of soft power’s role in state and civic society behaviour. 

• Part One provides important new conceptualization and critical analysis of soft power from international relations, philosophical and other social theoretical perspectives; analyses multiple methods of soft power measurement and makes proposals; connects soft power innovatively with other concepts.
• Part Two addresses soft power and contemporary issues; examining new technology and soft power intentions, soft power and states’ performance during the global pandemic; and soft power and values. 
• Part Three investigates cases from China, France, Greece, Israel, Japan, Kazhakstan, Poland, Russia, South Korea, Spain, Türkiye, and USA – some in combination.

This innovative handbook is a definitive resource for inquirers into soft power desiring to familiarize themselves with cutting-edge debates and research. It will be of interest and value to students, researchers and policy makers working in cultural relations, international communication, international relations, public diplomacy, and contiguous fields.

Table of Contents

PART I Theoretical Perspectives 

1. Taking A Measure of Attraction-Based Influence (Part One Overview)
Naren J Chitty

2. An Experiential Theory of Attraction-Based Influence (Unintended and Intended)  
Naren J Chitty

3. The Gift of Grace: Soft Power, Charisma, and Transatlantic Relations
Hendrik W Ohnesorge

4. Taking A Soft Power Approach to Cultural Heritage Protection: Toward An Empirical Methodology
J P Singh, Neslihan Kaptanoğlu and Meng-Hao Li

5. Tools for Measuring Soft Power: A Review of Recent Quantitative Analyses
Irene S Wu

6. Measuring Soft Power
Li Ji

7. Challenges of A Big Data Approach in Mapping Soft Power
Richard Davis and Li Ji

8. Hybridity, Soft Power and Statecraft: Ontological Mapping
Paweł Surowiec-Capell and Philip Long

9. The Use of The Soft Power Concept in Empirical Studies
Douglas Henrique Novelli and Alexsandro Eugenio Pereira

10. The Soft Power of International Education: A Theoretical Framework
Mei Li

11. Science Communication as Soft Power
Adalberto Fernandes

12. Production and Consumption of Academic Knowledge: The Rising and Expansion of The ‘Soft Power’ Concept (1989-2020)
Manuel Hernández-Pérez and María-José Baños-Moreno

13. A Study of Soft Power Rankings: Concepts, Method(ology), and Evaluation
Chenjun Wang

PART II Contemporary Issues

14. Contemporary Issues (Part Two Overview)
Li Ji

15. Pandemic Soft Power: A Civic Virtue in The Context Of COVID-19
Seow Ting Lee

16. Assaying Experience of Soft Power: CALD Community Narratives in New South Wales in COVID-19 Pandemic Times
Naren J Chitty and Chenjun Wang

17. The Jury Is In? The Impact of Domestic and Global Responses to The COVID-19 Health Crisis On Soft Power of The US, China And Germany (2020-2021)
Katarzyna Pisarska

18. States Vs. Tech Giants: Who Is Wielding Soft Power? Soft Power in The Age Of Online Platforms
Alessandra Massa and Giuseppe Anzera

19. On The Soft Power of Values: The ‘Scotland Is Now’ Campaign
Alastair Mackie and Katerina Strani

20. Large-Scale Events and Soft Power: Reconfiguration and Continuity in Light Of The COVID-19 Pandemic
Lukasz Swiatek and Luigi Di Martino

PART III Cases from across the Globe

21. Cases from Around The World (Part Three Overview)
Gary Rawnsley

22. It’s A MAD World: How Diplomats’ Online Framing of Crises Results In Mutually Assured De-Legitimization
Ilan Manor

23. An Analysis Of South Korea’s Civic Virtue Soft Power
HwaJung Kim

24. Soft power of First Ladies: Case studies of France and Poland
Karina Paulina Marczuk

25. Private cultural foundations as actors of soft power in times of austerity
Olga Kolokytha

26. The Role of Film Auteurism Within The Mechanisms of Soft Power In Spain –
Carlos Saura As A Representative Of Spanish Culture Abroad
Gabriel Doménech González

27. Does Soft Power Make Authoritarian Regimes Import Universities? Framing Analysis Of Discourses Around Transnational Higher Education Institutions In Kazakhstan
Eriks Varpahovskis and Anna Kuteleva

28. Explaining China’s Soft Power In Türkiye
Selim Öterbülbül

29. Soft Power In Dark Collective Memory: The Case Of Japanese War Museums
Momoyo Shibuya

30. Understanding Chinese Philosemitism: Judaism And Israel As Soft Power In Contemporary China
Mary J Ainslie


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Professor Emeritus Naren J Chitty AM is Inaugural Director of the Soft Power Analysis and Resource Centre (SPARC) at Macquarie University (Australia) and Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of International Communication.

Dr. Lilian Ji is currently working in New South Wales (Australia) state government managing projects in relation to Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) communities. She is also a research affiliate of the Soft Power Analysis and Resource Centre (SPARC) at Macquarie University (Australia).

Professor Gary D Rawnsley is Head of the School of Scal and Political Sciences, University of Lincoln. From 2018-2022 he was the Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Nottingham Ningbo China.