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The 4D Model of the country image : an integrative approach from the perspective of communication management

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  • The International communication gazette. - Sage. - 2015, vol. 77, no. 1, p. 102-124
English This conceptual article proposes a new integrative model of the country image by drawing on advances from the fields of business studies, social psychology, political science, and communication science. To interrelate different approaches, a communication management perspective is applied, providing a basic terminological framework systemizing the central constructs of country image, country reputation, country brand, and country identity. On this basis the authors develop the ‘4D Model’ of the country image by integrating well-established concepts from national identity theory, attitude theory, and reputation management. The new model is suited for application in comparative analyses of country images both on the level of different groups (such as a country’s domestic and foreign publics) as well as different societal levels (such as individual attitudes on the one hand and mass-mediated prestige information on the other).
Faculté des sciences économiques et sociales
Département des sciences de la communication et des médias
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Information, communication and media sciences
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