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The Power of International Theory

Reforging the Link to Foreign Policy-Making through Scientific Enquiry

The Power of International Theory by Fred Chernoff
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This 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 policy-makers.

The Power of International Theory critically examines these approaches and offers a novel conventional-causal alternative that allows the reforging of a link between IR 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.

 

Taylor and Francis; December 2012
264 pages; ISBN 9781135992408
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Title: The Power of International Theory
Author: Fred Chernoff
 
ISBNs
0203799461
9780203799468
9780415429801
9781135992385
9781135992408