Scorecard Diplomacy Grading States to Influence their Reputation and Behavior



What can the international community do when countries would rather ignore a thorny problem? Scorecard Diplomacy shows that, despite lacking traditional force, public grades are potent symbols that can evoke countries’ concerns about their reputations and motivate them to address the problem. The book develops an unconventional but careful argument about the growing phenomenon of such ratings and rankings. It supports this by examining the United States foreign policy on human trafficking using a global survey of NGOs, case studies, thousands of diplomatic cables, media stories, 90 interviews worldwide, and other documents. All of this is gathered together in a format that walks the reader through the mechanisms of scorecard diplomacy, including assessment of the outcomes. Scorecard Diplomacy speaks both to those keen to understand the pros and cons of the US policy on human trafficking and to those interested in the central question of influence in international relations.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Kelley, JG

Published Date

  • May 9, 2017

Published By

International Standard Book Number 10 (ISBN-10)

  • 131664913X

International Standard Book Number 13 (ISBN-13)

  • 9781316649138