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Reforging the Link to Foreign Policy-Making through Scientific Enquiry
Fred Chernoff
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The Power of International Theory

Reforging the Link to Foreign Policy-Making through Scientific Enquiry
Fred Chernoff
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Thisnew study challenges how we think about international relations, presenting an analysis of current trends and insights into new directions.

It shows howthediscipline of international relations was created with a purpose of helping policy-makers to build a more peaceful and just world. However, many of the current trends, post-positivism, constructivism, reflectivism, and post-modernism share a conception of international theory that is inherently incapable of offering significant guidance to policy-makers. The Power of International Theory critically examines these approaches and offers a novel conventional-causal alternative that allows the reforging of a link between IR theory and policy-making. While recognizing the criticisms of earlier forms of positivism and behaviouralism, the book defends holistic testing of empirical principles, methodological pluralism, criteria for choosing the best theory, a notion of 'causality, ' and a limited form of prediction, all of which are needed to guide policy-makers.

This is an essential book for all students and scholars of international relations.

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Publisher
Taylor and Francis
Year
2012
ISBN
9781135992408
Topic
Politics & International Relations
Subtopic
Politics
Edition
1

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