The Power of International Theory
Reforging the Link to Foreign Policy-Making Through Scientific Enquiry
By (author) Fred Chernoff
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Power of International Theory by Fred Chernoff
Book DescriptionThis new study challenges how we think about international relations, presenting an analysis of current trends and insights into new directions. It shows how the discipline of international relations was created with a purpose of helping policy makers to build a more peaceful and just world. However, many of the current trends - post-positivism, constructivism, reflectivism, and post-modernism - share a conception of international theory that is inherently incapable of offering significant guidance to policymakers. The Power of International Theory critically examines these approaches and offers a novel conventional-causal alternative that allows the reforging of a link between international relations theory and policy-making. While recognizing the criticisms of earlier forms of positivism and behaviouralism, the book defends holistic testing of empirical principles, methodological pluralism, criteria for choosing the best theory, a notion of 'causality,' and a limited form of prediction, all of which are needed to guide policy makers. This is an essential book for all students and scholars of international relations.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780415429801
(234mm x 156mm x 14mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 5-Dec-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Fred Chernoff
Theory and Metatheory in International Relations, Paperback (November 2007)
This book uses three controversial contemporary American foreign policy problems to introduce students to the 'new debates' in international relations, in which the criticisms of constructivism, interpretivism, and postmodernism are presented against traditional positivist concepts of social science.
Power of International Theory, Hardback (January 2005)» View all books by Fred Chernoff
This book explores whether and how IR theory may be used by policy-makers to change the world. It critically examines a variety approaches within international relations and offers a novel conventional-causal alternative.
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