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Progress in International Relations Theory : Appraising the Field - Colin Elman

Progress in International Relations Theory

Appraising the Field

By: Colin Elman (Editor), Miriam Fendius Elman (Editor), Kenneth N. Waltz (Foreword by), Steven E. Miller (Editor), Sean M. Lynn-Jones (Editor)

Paperback Published: 29th August 2003
ISBN: 9780262550413
Number Of Pages: 520
For Ages: 18+ years old

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All academic disciplines periodically appraise their effectiveness, evaluating the progress of previous scholarship and judging which approaches are useful and which are not. Although no field could survive if it did nothing but appraise its progress, occasional appraisals are important and if done well can help advance the field.This book investigates how international relations theorists can better equip themselves to determine the state of scholarly work in their field. It takes as its starting point Imre Lakatos's influential theory of scientific change, and in particular his methodology of scientific research programs (MSRP). It uses MSRP to organize its analysis of major research programs over the last several decades and uses MSRP's criteria for theoretical progress to evaluate these programs. The contributors appraise the progress of institutional theory, varieties of realist and liberal theory, operational code analysis, and other research programs in international relations. Their analyses reveal the strengths and limits of Lakatosian criteria and the need for metatheoretical metrics for evaluating scientific progress.

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"A most impressive effort that should stimulate a rethinking of what is meant by 'scientific progress' in developing international relations theory." Alexander L. George, Graham H. Stuart Professor of Political Science, Emeritus, Stanford University

Foreword: Thoughts about Assaying Theoriesp. vii
Introduction: Appraising Progress in International Relations Theoryp. 1
Lessons from Lakatosp. 21
Applying Lakatos: Judging Theoretical and Empirical Progress in IR Theory
Institutional Theory as a Research Programp. 71
The Power Transition Research Program: A Lakatosian Analysisp. 109
Liberal International Relations Theory: A Scientific Assessmentp. 159
A Lakatosian View of the Democratic Peace Research Programp. 205
Operational Code Analysis as a Scientific Research Program: A Cautionary Talep. 245
Realism, Neoliberalism, and Cooperation: Understanding the Debatep. 277
The Progressiveness of Neoclassical Realismp. 311
"Is" and "Ought": Evaluating Empirical Aspects of Normative Researchp. 349
Commentaries on Lakatos, and Beyond
Explanation and Scientific Progressp. 381
Measuring Intra-programmatic Progressp. 405
Kuhn vs. Lakatos? The Case for Multiple Frames in Appraising IR Theoryp. 419
A Lakatosian Reading of Lakatos: What Can We Salvage from the Hard Core?p. 455
About the Contributorsp. 495
Indexp. 499
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ISBN: 9780262550413
ISBN-10: 0262550415
Series: Belfer Center Studies in International Security
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 520
Published: 29th August 2003
Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.73