Emotional Diplomacy - Official Emotion on the International Stage

Author(s): Todd H. Hall

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Emotional Diplomacy explores the politics of expressed emotion on the international stage, looking at the ways state actors strategically deploy emotional behavior to manipulate the perceptions of others. By examining diverse instances of emotional behavior, Todd H. Hall reveals that official emotional displays play an integral role in the strategies and interactions of state actors. Emotional diplomacy is more than rhetoric; as this book demonstrates, its implications extend to the provision of economic and military aid, great-power cooperation, and the use of armed force.


Hall investigates three strands of emotional diplomacy: those rooted in anger, sympathy, and guilt. His research, drawn on sources and interviews in five different languages, provides new insights into the 1995-1996 Taiwan Strait Crisis, the post-9/11 reactions of China and Russia, and relations between West Germany and Israel after World War II. Emotional Diplomacy offers a unique take on the intersection of strategic action and emotional display, a means for understanding why states behave emotionally. Hall provides the theoretical tools necessary for understanding the nature and significance of state-level emotional behavior through new observations of how states seek reconciliation, strategically respond to unforeseen crises, and demonstrate resolve in the face of perceived provocations.


--Jonathan Mercer, University of Washington, author of Reputation and International Politics "Journal of East Asian Studies"

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"Todd H. Hall's groundbreaking book on 'emotional diplomacy’ explains the nature, significance, and consequences of the strategic use of emotion in international politics. It exploits the best work on rational signaling, intersubjective meanings, and psychology to create a theory of emotional diplomacy backed with rigorous empirical cases. This is a creative and important book."

—Jonathan Mercer, University of Washington, author of Reputation and International Politics (JC BookGrocer)

General Fields

  • : 9781501735820
  • : Cornell University Press
  • : Cornell University Press
  • : March 2019
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Todd H. Hall
  • : Paperback
  • : 264