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Ole Elgström

Ole Elgström

Professor emeritus

Ole Elgström

A perceptual approach to EU public diplomacy : Investigating collaborative diplomacy in EU-Ukraine relations

Author

  • Natalia Chaban
  • Ole Elgström

Summary, in English

This article contributes to the theorisation of collaborative public diplomacy by introducing a perceptual approach. Engaging with the collaborative diplomacy paradigm developed to conceptualise public diplomacy in the context of non-traditional security threats and conflicts, as well as nation building, the article explores and compares perceptions of the European Union (EU) as a public diplomacy actor in Ukraine (tracked in 50 elite interviews) and in Brussels (13 interviews with EU practitioners). The article engages with a concept of a 'perception gap' hypothesising a gap between the Others' perception of the EU and the EU's self-perception. It furthers the conceptualisation of a perception gap by suggesting to consider it at cognitive, normative and emotive levels in the image structure and arguing variation between the levels. The article contends that a perception gap is a critical factor in preventing genuine dialogue, engagement and listening - key concepts proposed by the collaborative diplomacy paradigm.

Department/s

  • Department of Political Science

Publishing year

2020

Language

English

Pages

488-516

Publication/Series

The Hague Journal of Diplomacy

Volume

15

Issue

4

Document type

Journal article

Publisher

Martinus Nijhoff Publishers

Topic

  • Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)

Keywords

  • A perception gap
  • Collaborative public diplomacy
  • European Union (EU)
  • Perceptual approach
  • Public diplomacy
  • Ukraine

Status

Published

ISBN/ISSN/Other

  • ISSN: 1871-1901