Scorecard Diplomacy: Grading States to Influence their Reputation and Behavior

Scorecard Diplomacy: Grading States to Influence their Reputation and Behavior

by Judith G. Kelley


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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 an assessment of the outcomes. Scorecard Diplomacy speaks both to those keen to understand the pros and cons of US policy on human trafficking and to those interested in the central question of influence in international relations. The book's companion website can be found at

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781107199972
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 05/02/2017
Pages: 374
Product dimensions: 6.22(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.98(d)

About the Author

Judith G. Kelley is the Kevin D. Gorter Professor of Public Policy and Political Science at Duke University, North Carolina, as well as the Senior Associate Dean of the Sanford School of Public Policy. A graduate of Stanford University, California and the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Massachusetts, at Duke University she writes on how the international community can promote democracy and human rights. Her last book, Monitoring Democracy: When International Election Monitoring Works and Why it Often Fails (2012) won the Chadwick F. Alger Prize for best book about international organization and multilateralism.

Table of Contents

Part I. Theory and Production: 1. Introduction; 2. Scorecard diplomacy and reputation; 3. The case of human trafficking; 4. How third parties boost reputational concerns; Part II. Effects: 5. Micro-level evidence of reputational concerns; 6. From reputational concerns to effects on laws, practices and norms; 7. When does it work; 8. Country perspectives; Conclusion. Reputation and policy; Methods appendix; Results appendix.

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