Transatlantic Diplomacy in the Age of Populism: A Story of Resilience?

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In an era of insurgent populism, diplomacy—one of the key institutions of international politics—seems to be increasingly challenged. The weakening of the professional diplomatic corps in favour of personalism at home, the preference for bilateral interactions at the detriment of multilateralism, and the provocative communication style geared outwards- are all part of the growing anti-diplomatic repertoire of practices systematically used by populist leaders. Yet despite its saliency, we know very little about the impact that populist communication (i.e. the language, deliberation and discursive performance of populist ideas) has on the conduct of diplomacy, whose main function is to ensure the smooth management of International Relations. To what extent, and how does populist communication affect diplomacy? To answer this question, this book chapter focuses on the diplomatic practice of dialogue in the transatlantic context by scrutinizing its evolution during the presidency of Donald Trump. The analysis shows that while the presidential populist rhetoric has indeed changed the substance of transatlantic diplomatic exchanges, it has also triggered a strong response from new diplomatic actors—demonstrating the resilience of this fundamental institution.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPalgrave Macmillan Series in International Political Communication
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages17
StatePublished - 2023

Publication series

NamePalgrave Macmillan Series in International Political Communication
VolumePart F1691
ISSN (Print)2945-6118
ISSN (Electronic)2945-6126

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2023.


  • Dialogue
  • Diplomacy
  • EU
  • Populism
  • Transatlantic relations
  • Trump
  • US

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Communication
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Political Science and International Relations


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