New Directions for International Relations: Confronting the Method-of-Analysis Problem

New Directions for International Relations: Confronting the Method-of-Analysis Problem

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New Directions for International Relations: Confronting the Method-of-Analysis Problem by Alex Mintz

Why does the academic study of international relations have limited impact on the policy community? When research results are inconsistent, inconclusive, and contradictory, a lack of scholarly consensus discourages policy makers, the business community, and other citizens from trusting findings and conclusions from IR research. In New Directions for International Relations, Alex Mintz and Bruce Russett identify differences in methods of analysis as one cause of these problematic results. They discuss the problem and set the stage for nine chapters by diverse scholars to demonstrate innovative new developments in IR theory and creative new methods that can lay the basis for greater consensus. Looking at areas of concern such as the relationship between lawmaking and the use of military force, the challenge of suppressing extremists without losing moderates, and the public health effects of civil conflict, contributors show how international relations research can generate reliable results that can be, and in fact are, used in the real world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780739158173
Publisher: Lexington Books
Publication date: 02/11/2005
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 296
File size: 9 MB

About the Author

Alex Mintz is the Cullen-McFadden Professor of Political Science at Texas A&M University and Senior Fellow in United Nations Studies at Yale University. He is the coeditor of Foreign Policy Analysis and an associate editor for the Journal of Conflict Resolution. Bruce Russett is Dean Acheson Professor of International Relations and Polical Science and Director of United Nations Studies at Yale University. He is past president of the International Studies Association and the Peace Science Society.

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