Communication Strategies of Governments and NGOs: by Manuel Adolphsen

By Manuel Adolphsen

Processes of world governance are more often than not invisible to boring voters, because of an total loss of accompanying transnational public discourse. besides the fact that, there are remarkable events on which media around the globe do be aware of international governance: high-level summits, similar to the UN weather switch meetings. via an in depth case learn of UN weather summits, Manuel Adolphsen investigates the transnational communique innovations and behind-the-scenes coordination strategies that favorite governments and NGOs perform on such events. His learn finds political actors’ awake use of summits as public international relations assets in addition to the superiority of on-site coproduction workouts between newshounds and PR execs. Summits function advanced public international relations constellations interweaving transnational, foreign, and in addition exclusively household processes.

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Empirical knowledge on patterns of transnationalization around the issue of climate change is hence limited. While research has provided some first hints at groups of countries sharing similar manifestations of public discourse (Europe vs. the rest of the world; BRICS countries vs. industrialized countries), detailed findings regarding transnationalization are limited. What we do know, however, is that UN climate summits can serve as universal triggers for media coverage and hence become subject to simultaneous observation around the world.

Public discourse beyond national borders tional public sphere – let alone from satisfying the particular qualities of public discourse that normative theorists would look for. Hence, individual outlets like Facebook, CNN International and others might play an important role in connecting and influencing public spheres around the world, but regarding them as exclusive constituents of transnational public spheres seems conceptually simplistic and empirically unjustified. Essentially, “the public sphere is, and always will be, a much larger phenomenon than an Internet discussion forum” (Agre, 2002, p.

2005, p. 141). , 2008, p. 8). , 2009, p. 408; Peters and Wessler, 2006, pp. 139-140). The “gradualist” (Peters and Wessler, 2006, p. 139, own translation) or “structural” (Wessler, 2009, own translation) model takes into view how the public sphere’s ensemble of fora and actor constellations slowly change towards a transnational quality. This approach is rooted in a discursive communication perspective, which views communication as speakers’ exchange of speech acts. Transnationalization, in such perspective, refers to measurable characteristics of public discourse.

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