Investing in Ministries of Foreign Affairs: Building Diplomatic Capacity to Increase Soft Power
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Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas
Publication date: 2019-03-31
Stosunki Międzynarodowe – International Relations 2019;55(1):7-23
States’ foreign policy strategies aimed at promoting their values, cultures, and policies (soft power), as well as at advancing their interests have intensified by over 100% in the last 25 years. This article seeks to explain the increasing level of soft power around the world and its variations among states. Using a quantitative model, it argues that states which invest more resources in their Ministries of Foreign Affairs, thus building diplomatic capacity, are the ones that exert higher levels of soft power in world affairs.
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