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Beyond the Ivory Tower : International Relations Theory and the Issue of Policy Relevance - Joseph Lepgold

Beyond the Ivory Tower

International Relations Theory and the Issue of Policy Relevance

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The gap between academics and practitioners in international relations has widened in recent years, according to the authors of this book. Many international relations scholars no longer try to reach beyond the ivory tower and many policymakers disdain international relations scholarship as arcane and irrelevant. Joseph Lepgold and Miroslav Nincic demonstrate how good international relations theory can inform policy choices. Globalization, ethnic conflict, and ecological threats have created a new set of issues that challenge policymakers, and cutting-edge scholarship can contribute a great deal to the diagnosis and handling of potentially explosive situations.

The book represents a major contribution to the field of IR theory because it destroys the myth that scientific value and policy relevance in international relations are incompatible. This intellectually engaging and scholarly work should be mandatory reading. -- Marc A. Genest Perspectives on Politics

Preface The Theory-Practice Gap in International Relations Types of Knowledge and Their Practical Uses How Knowledge is Acquired and Used Scholarship and Relevance: Is There a Tradeoff? The Inter-Democratic Peace?Theoretical Foundations andPolicy Implications International Institutions and International Cooperation: Theoretical Foundations and Policy Implications Useful Knowledge: Value, Promise, and Limitations Notes

ISBN: 9780231116596
ISBN-10: 0231116594
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 22nd November 2001
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 16.1  x 1.32
Weight (kg): 0.33

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