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Beyond Paradigms : Analytic Eclecticism in the Study of World Politics - Rudra Sil

Beyond Paradigms

Analytic Eclecticism in the Study of World Politics

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ISBN: 9780230207967
Number Of Pages: 240

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`This is the future of political science. Sil and Katzenstein convincingly demonstrate the drawing on an eclectic mix of causal mechanisms provides stronger explanations, more policy-releveant scholarship, and closer connestions to other disciplines.'---Andrew Bennett, Georgetown University

`For international relations scholars, methodologists, and social scientists more broadly, this is a treasure trove of bold and lucid arguments. The Question: How to overcome compartmentalization in international relations scholarship? The strategy: incorporate ideas and analytic tools from seemingly incommensurable research traditions. The reward: a richer interpretive and explanatory understanding of today's world.'---David Collier and Ron E. Hassenr, University of California, Berkeley

`An exceptional book that should be read by every serious student of world politics. For researchers already combining elements from different approaches with neither roadmap nor rationale, it fills a long-standing lacuna. Even those who disagree with such a research strategy will benefit greatly from engaging with its thoughtful arguements and impressive range of examples.'---Colin Elman, Maxwell School of Syracuse University

`For two decades, the field of international relations has been a prisoner of the misconceived notion that good scholarship falls neatly into incompatible paradigms. Sil and Katzenstein cogently document the value of eclectic work that borrows from more than one paradigm but remains analytically rigorous. Our conceptual jail has to locks, and if we refuse to exit, we have only ourselves to blame.'---Robert O. Keohane, Princeton University.

`A giant step forward for those of us who span the boundaries between theory and practice. The singular contribution of this important volume is to show how "analytic eclecticism." as Sil and Katzenstein call it, can be sytematized and does not need to rely upon individual intuition or shared folk tales. it will deservedly have an enormous impact on the study of world politics.'---John Gerard Ruggie, Harvard University and United Nations.

'This is the future of political science. Sil and Katzenstein convincingly demonstrate that drawing on an eclectic mix of causal mechanisms provides stronger explanations, more policy-relevant scholarship, and closer connections to other disciplines.' - Andrew Bennett, Georgetown University. 'For international relations scholars, methodologists, and social scientists more broadly, this is a treasure trove of bold and lucid arguments. The question: How to overcome compartmentalization in international relations scholarship? The strategy: incorporate ideas and analytic tools from seemingly incommensurable research traditions. The reward: a richer interpretive and explanatory understanding of today's world.' - David Collier and Ron E. Hassner, University of California, Berkeley 'An exceptional book that should be read by every serious student of world politics. For researchers already combining elements from different approaches with neither roadmap nor rationale, it fills a long-standing lacuna. Even those who disagree with such a research strategy will benefit greatly from engaging with its thoughtful arguments and impressive range of examples.' - Colin Elman, Maxwell School of Syracuse University 'For two decades, the field of international relations has been a prisoner of the misconceived notion that good scholarship falls neatly into incompatible paradigms. Sil and Katzenstein cogently document the value of eclectic work that borrows from more than one paradigm but remains analytically rigorous. Our conceptual jail has no locks, and if we refuse to exit, we have only ourselves to blame.' - Robert O. Keohane, Princeton University. 'A giant step forward for those of us who span the boundaries between theory and practice. The singular contribution of this important volume is to show how 'analytical eclecticism,' as Sil and Katzenstein call it, can be systematized and does not need to rely upon individual intuition or shared folk tales. It will deservedly have an enormous impact on the study of world politics.' - John Gerard Ruggie, Harvard University and United Nations 'A useful book for researchers at an early stage of their career as well as students of political at both graduate and undergraduate levels who are interested in learning from established academics how to 'mix and match' theoretical approaches to the study of world politics in a scholarly rigorous and intellectually fruitful manner.' - David Falkiner, Political Studies

List of figures, tables and boxesp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Prefacep. xiii
Analytic eclecticismp. 1
Paradigms and research traditionsp. 4
What analytic eclecticism is and doesp. 9
Recognizing analytic eclecticismp. 19
Eclecticism, pragmatism, and paradigms in international relationsp. 24
The limits of the inter-paradigm debatep. 26
What eclecticism can contributep. 35
Analytic eclecticism and the pragmatist turnp. 43
War and peace, security and insecurityp. 49
American Foreign Policy in a New Era (2005)p. 59
The Purpose of Intervention (2003)p. 68
Nuclear Logics (2007)p. 74
The Tradition of Non-Use of Nuclear Weapons (2009)p. 83
China Rising (2007)p. 90
Conclusionp. 97
Global political economyp. 102
The Social Sources of Financial Power (2006)p. 110
The New Masters of Capital (2005)p. 118
Firm Interests (2008)p. 125
Playing the Market (2006)p. 133
Rethinking Asia's Economic Miracle (2005)p. 139
Conclusionp. 147
Order and governance, regional and globalp. 152
Rules for the World (2004)p. 159
Building the International Criminal Court (2008)p. 168
After Anarchy (2007)p. 176
The EU, NATO and the Integration of Europe (2003)p. 183
[Re] Negotiating East and Southeast Asia (2009)p. 192
Conclusionp. 200
Conclusionp. 204
Lessons from eclectic scholarshipp. 204
The risks, trade-offs, and promise of analytic eclecticismp. 214
Notesp. 225
Bibliographyp. 229
Indexp. 246
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ISBN: 9780230207967
ISBN-10: 0230207960
Series: Political Analysis
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 31st August 2010
Publisher: Macmillan Education UK
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.8  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.35
Edition Number: 1