Use of the term ‘soft power’

Written by Terry Flew on September 26, 2015

The graph below shows the acceleration of the use of the term ‘soft power’ from 1990 to the present, using Google nGram. Rarely used prior to the 1990s, its usage took off after the publication of Harvard international relations theorist Jospeh Nye’s 1990 book Bound to Lead: The Changing Nature of American Power. The term experiences a second take off after 2000, with the work of Nye again being influential, including his 2004 book Soft Power: The Means to Success

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Why the 2012 US Presidential election matters

Written by Terry Flew on May 21, 2012

An interview has been published in Open Democracy with Professor Theda Skocpol, from the Kennedy School of Public Policy at Harvard University, about the forthcoming 2012 US Presidential election. Skocpol is known to many for her pioneering work on state theory, which established public policy as an important variable in progressive politics, and rejected the determinism of Marxist state theory, noting the active role played by state agencies as political actors in their own right. More recently, she has authored

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New College of Media, Design and the Arts at the University of Colorado (CU – Boulder)

Written by Terry Flew on April 26, 2012

The University of Colorado (CU) has put forward a proposal to develop a new College of Media, Design and the Arts, at its Boulder, CO campus. The Steering Committee responsible for this initiative has identified recommendations which:

respond to the needs and interests of a growing body of students who seek to master digital media and information and communication technology (ICT) for successful careers in the fine and performing arts, journalism, design, organizational communication, and related fields, and who value an

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