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Making soft power work: theory and practice in Australia’s international education policy

Kitchen, Nicholas and Laifer, Natalie (2017) Making soft power work: theory and practice in Australia’s international education policy. Politics and Policy, 45 (5). pp. 813-840. ISSN 1747-1346

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Identification Number: 10.1111/polp.12219

Abstract

Policy makers around the world are increasingly concerned with the challenge of cultivating and capitalising on soft power. Yet government efforts to increase others’ feelings of attraction toward their countries face conceptual and practical challenges. This article examines Australia’s attempt to operationalize soft power in Asia through its international education strategy. Drawing on interviews with key officials, we show how the design of Australia’s international education policy was consciously informed by multiple dimensions of soft power. Yet the nature of soft power means that whether the policy will achieve its soft power objectives is up to Asia, not Australia.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/(IS...
Additional Information: © 2017 The Authors
Divisions: IGA: United States Centre
Subjects: J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
L Education > L Education (General)
Sets: Research centres and groups > United States Centre
Date Deposited: 09 Aug 2017 14:05
Last Modified: 20 Jan 2020 06:34
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/83726

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