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Making Soft Power Work: Theory and Practice in Australia's International Education Policy

Laifer, Natalie and Kitchen, Nicholas (2017) Making Soft Power Work: Theory and Practice in Australia's International Education Policy Politics & Policy, 45 (5). pp. 813-840.

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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
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Department of Politics
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
Laifer, Natalie
Kitchen, Nicholasn.kitchen@surrey.ac.uk
Date : 26 October 2017
DOI : 10.1111/polp.12219
Depositing User : Charlene King
Date Deposited : 06 Feb 2019 12:53
Last Modified : 06 Feb 2019 12:53
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/850378

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