Progress in International Relations Theory: Appraising the Field / Edition 1

Progress in International Relations Theory: Appraising the Field / Edition 1

by Colin Elman
     
 

ISBN-10: 0262550415

ISBN-13: 9780262550413

Pub. Date: 09/01/2003

Publisher: MIT Press

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

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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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262550413
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
09/01/2003
Series:
Belfer Center Studies in International Security
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
517
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x (d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Foreword: Thoughts about Assaying Theories
Acknowledgments
Ch. 1Introduction: Appraising Progress in International Relations Theory1
Ch. 2Lessons from Lakatos21
Ch. 3Institutional Theory as a Research Program71
Ch. 4The Power Transition Research Program: A Lakatosian Analysis109
Ch. 5Liberal International Relations Theory: A Scientific Assessment159
Ch. 6A Lakatosian View of the Democratic Peace Research Program205
Ch. 7Operational Code Analysis as a Scientific Research Program: A Cautionary Tale245
Ch. 8Realism, Neoliberalism, and Cooperation: Understanding the Debate277
Ch. 9The Progressiveness of Neoclassical Realism311
Ch. 10"Is" and "Ought": Evaluating Empirical Aspects of Normative Research349
Ch. 11Explanation and Scientific Progress381
Ch. 12Measuring Intra-programmatic Progress405
Ch. 13Kuhn vs. Lakatos? The Case for Multiple Frames in Appraising IR Theory419
Ch. 14A Lakatosian Reading of Lakatos: What Can We Salvage from the Hard Core?455
About the Contributors495
Index499
About the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

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