Monday, September 6, 2010

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

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Joseph Lepgold, Miroslav Nincic
Columbia University Press, 2001 - 228pages

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.

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