Beyond the Ivory Tower: International Relations Theory and the Issue of Policy Relevance by Joseph Lepgold

Beyond the Ivory Tower: International Relations Theory and the Issue of Policy Relevance

byJoseph Lepgold, Miroslav Nincic

Kobo ebook | July 24, 2012

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The gap between academics and practitioners in international relations has widened in recent years, according to the authors of this book. Many international relations scholars no longer try to reach beyond the ivory tower and many policymakers disdain international relations scholarship as arcane and irrelevant. Joseph Lepgold and Miroslav Nincic demonstrate how good international relations theory can inform policy choices. Globalization, ethnic conflict, and ecological threats have created a new set of issues that challenge policymakers, and cutting-edge scholarship can contribute a great deal to the diagnosis and handling of potentially explosive situations.

Joseph Lepgold is associate professor of government at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., and Miroslav Nincic is professor of political science at the University of California, Davis. They are coeditors of Being Useful: Policy Relevance and International Relations Theory.
Title:Beyond the Ivory Tower: International Relations Theory and the Issue of Policy RelevanceFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:July 24, 2012Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0231505523

ISBN - 13:9780231505529

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Table of Contents

The Theory-Practice Gap in International Relations
Types of Knowledge and Their Practical Uses
How Knowledge is Acquired and Used
Scholarship and Relevance: Is There a Tradeoff?
The Inter-Democratic Peace?Theoretical Foundations and

Policy Implications
International Institutions and International Cooperation:

Theoretical Foundations and Policy Implications
Useful Knowledge: Value, Promise, and Limitations


Editorial Reviews

The book represents a major contribution to the field of IR theory because it destroys the myth that scientific value and policy relevance in international relations are incompatible. This intellectually engaging and scholarly work should be mandatory reading. Lepgold and Nincic show in detail how the academic study of international relations can contribute more powerfully to practical deliberations and debates. They make a compelling case that greater policy relevance can actually enhance the scientific value of scholarship. It is no coincidence that the founders of social science--Marx, Weber, and Durkheim--were all deeply imbued with a belief in the practical significance of the academic enterprise.