International Education Programs and Political Influence

Manufacturing Sympathy?

Authors: Wilson, I.

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Exchange programs are often considered to create goodwill for host countries among foreign citizens - yet is this the case? Drawing on a wealth of research with participants and alumni of exchange programs, Iain Wilson shows that the pursuit of goodwill receives little return and distracts these programs from the benefits they are able to deliver.

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Iain Wilson is Chrystal Macmillan Fellow at the University of Edinburgh, UK.

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"This book critically tests, by means of archival research, in-depth interviews and statistical analysis, the impact of particular scholarship exchange programmes on their participants. The testing methodology is a fine riposte to those who continue to question the ability to effectively analyse exchange programme impact, in either the short or long term." Giles Scott-Smith, Ernst van der Beugel Chair in the Diplomatic History of Transatlantic Relations since WWII, Leiden University, The Netherlands

'International relations scholars have paid increasing attention in recent years to the operation of 'soft power.' They have also recognised how extraordinarily difficult it is to measure its effects. Iain Wilson's timely study makes a major contribution to the systematic empirical analysis of the effects of one of the alleged sources of a state's soft power the extent to which it promotes a positive image of itself abroad by educating students from other countries. Using a carefully designed set of panel surveys of participants in international student exchange programs, Wilson shows that the presumed 'transformative effects' of such programs are far more limited than has hitherto been thought. This is a well-written and sophisticated analysis that challenges conventional assumptions with solid empirical evidence. It deserves the attention of all scholars and practitioners who wish better to understand the operation and potential limitations of soft power.' - David Sanders, Professor of Government, University of Essex, UK


Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Wilson, Iain

    Pages 1-7

  • Political Expectations

    Wilson, Iain

    Pages 9-18

  • Can We Infer That Mobility Has Political Impact? Some Historical Case Studies

    Wilson, Iain

    Pages 19-46

  • How Strong Is the Evidence of Political Impact?

    Wilson, Iain

    Pages 47-57

  • How Can We Detect Short-Term Impact (and What Does That Mean)?

    Wilson, Iain

    Pages 59-86

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
International Education Programs and Political Influence
Book Subtitle
Manufacturing Sympathy?
Authors
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-34967-5
DOI
10.1057/9781137349675
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-36628-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 229
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