Theorizing Public Relations History

Karen Miller Russell and Margot Opdycke Lamme (2016). “Theorizing Public Relations History: The Roles of Strategic Intent and Human Agency.” Public Relations Review 42(5): 741-47.

Abstract: This historiographical essay argues for a set of standards that can be applied across time and place to determine whether a historical initiative is part of public relations history. After analyzing the concept of function in relation to public relations, we argue for an alternative focus on both the strategic intent of the practitioner and the role of human agency. We thus propose a way to identify what public relations is and, to borrow from Ivy Lee (1925), what it is not.

Karen Miller Russell