Authorial Voice(s): The Writing Styles of Francis X. Carty

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Purpose: The paper aims to analyse the published work of Ireland's pre-eminent public relations (PR) educator, across a number of literary genres in which he has written. More broadly, it considers the writing life of academics. Design/methodology/approach: This paper examines Carty's writings about his own history, Irish history, the development of church-state relations in Ireland and PR. It seeks to make connections between Carty's subjects and his writing styles. Findings: Through detailed analysis of a number of key texts, the paper explores the writing styles used by Carty to discern the nature of his distinctive “voice(s)”. Research limitations/implications: There is considerable research into a handful of (mostly American) “great men” in PR' history and development. But every nation has its own PR pioneers about whom little is known outside that country and who deserve to be more widely recognised. Originality/value: This paper hopes to stimulate future work by other colleagues in other nations, reflecting on the contribution of their own PR educators and practitioners.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)593-605
Number of pages13
JournalCorporate Communications: An International Journal
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 20 Jul 2020


  • Academic writing
  • Francis X. Carty
  • Ireland
  • Issue management
  • PR textbooks
  • Public relations
  • Relationship management


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