By Steve A. Yetiv, Patrick James
This edited quantity breaks new floor by way of innovatively drawing on a number of disciplines to reinforce our figuring out of diplomacy and conflict. the growth of data throughout disciplines and the more and more blurred barriers within the genuine global either let and insist pondering throughout highbrow borders. whereas multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary are favorite buzz phrases, remarkably few books boost them. but doing so can sharpen and extend our viewpoint on educational and actual global concerns and difficulties. This booklet deals the main accomplished remedy so far and is a useful source for college students, students and practitioners.
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In this sense, and in others, qualitative and quantitative work are similar and can inform each other (King et al. 1994; BoxSteffensmeier et al. 2008). General theory building or modeling, be it in the form of statistics, game theory, or various forms of simulation, requires a sense of how things hang together in reality, of how variables are related. The parsimony that even purist IR theorists seek need not preclude the value of historical study. Rather, such study can augment the search for what the critical variables should be in the first place and how they might be correlated or causally connected.
Assessing the extent to which these claims or assumptions are on target or are useful requires some understanding of history. Realists/Neorealists assume that world politics is cyclical; that wars and conflicts recur; that cooperation is perpetually difficult to achieve; and that not much changes at the heart of world politics (Waltz 1979; Mearsheimer 2001). A. , Keohane and Nye 2011; Held and McGrew 2007; Rosenau 2003; Russett and Oneal 2001). ” Do they, in turn, cause inter-state tensions? Under what conditions?
History could supplement this analysis by offering context, with case studies on the extent to which America achieved its goals in various issue areas over time. That could help reveal if capability on paper translated into actual influence over time. Exploring this issue could benefit from analysis of how we view America’s station. Some thinkers assert that the United States is an empire like those of the past (O’Reilly 2008), while others argue that it is not an empire because, unlike other great powers, it does not aggrandize territory (Nye 2011).
Advancing Interdisciplinary Approaches to International Relations by Steve A. Yetiv, Patrick James