REE 335 • Pol. Econ. of Publ./Cul. Dipolmacy
2:00 PM-3:30 PM
In international relations, as in other enterprises, a scarcity of resources relative to the objectives sought requires an economizing process, framed by an ex ante negotiations of an array of goals and ex-post evaluations of allocational efficacy/efficiency. In bureaucratic decision-making, however, optimality may be missed on account of information asymmetries and information gaps, agency problems, rent seeking, and a variety of other impediments to efficiency or efficacy.With a primary focus on cultural diplomacy and the allocational decisions made amongst its products, we shall explore this process through examining, in its shifting historical context, relations between the mainstream of traditional representational diplomacy and the conduct of public and cultural diplomacy, forms of "outreach" diplomacy that intermittently intersect also negotiations about trade, investment, immigration policy, education policy, and defense. Formally launched in the late 1930s and given greatly increased importance (and a focus on the Soviet bloc) during the long Cold War, cultural diplomacy and its public-diplomacy twin have again come to be seen as critical diplomatic instruments in the post-9/11 context. The course thus provides an opportunity to study the political economy of policy making while examining substantive aspects of today's international relations. Students will have an option to look closely at the cultural and public diplomacy of one of a number of other countries.