Four Seasons in One Day

The Crowded House of Public Diplomacy in the UK

Authored by: Ali Fisher

Routledge Handbook of Public Diplomacy

Print publication date:  October  2008
Online publication date:  November  2008

Print ISBN: 9780415953016
eBook ISBN: 9780203891520
Adobe ISBN: 9781135926892


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Public diplomacy (PD) in the United Kingdom can be viewed both in terms of the core structure and those organizations which fall outside this structure but fall within the spectrum of PD activity. While numerous definitions of PD have been offered by both practitioners and theorists, the definition offered by the last PD review stated it was:

Work aiming to inform and engage individuals and organisations overseas, in order to improve understanding of and influence for the United Kingdom in a manner consistent with governmental medium and long term goals.1

More recently the Foreign and Commonwealth Office have begun using the definition that PD “is what we use to achieve our Strategic International Priorities (SPs) through our work with the public overseas.”2

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