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The Construction and Cumulation of Knowledge in International Relations. International Studies Review Presidential Series

  • ID: 2715445
  • Book
  • June 2005
  • Region: Global
  • 188 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Within international relations inquiry today there is a debate over both the substance and nature of knowledge. Can there be a cumulation of objective knowledge as in the physical and biological sciences or are the social sciences better seen as constructing reality through dominant concepts and theories? This volume brings together works of those who defend the quest for objective knowledge and its achievements and those who dissent from the way knowledge has been conceived in the modern era.
The Construction and Cumulation of Knowledge in International Relations engages this issue from a variety of perspectives –– constructivism, feminist theory, empirical science, and computer simulation –– with a focus on the subject of global conflict and peace. The volume begins with a discussion of the contending views of how knowledge is developed within the field, reviews the cumulation of knowledge within various subfields, and concludes with contributions that use social science knowledge to address important policy questions.
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Part I: The Construction of Knowledge.

1. Knowledge, Foundations, Politics: Karena Shaw (University of Victoria).

2. The House of IR: From Family Power Politics to the Poisies of Worldism: Anna M. Agathangelonu (University of Houston, Clear Lake) and L.H.M. Lin (New School University).

Part II: The Cumulation of Knowledge.

3. Escalation: Competing Perspectives and Empirical Evidence: Russell J. Leng (Middlebury College).

4. Politically–Motivated Opposition to War: Jack S. Levy (Rutgers University) and William F. Mabe, Jr. (Rutgers University).

5. Territoriality and War in International Crises: Theory and Findings, 1918–2001: Hemda Ben–Yehuda (Bar–Ilan University).

6. Pacifism and Fightaholism in International Politics: A Structural History of National and Dyadic Conflict, 1816–1992: Zeev Maoz (Tel–Aviv University).

Part III: Policy Application.

7. The Consequences of an Indo–Pakistani Nuclear War: Robert T. Batcher (Office of Technology and Assessments, US Department of State).

8. Integrating Theory and Policy: Global Implications of the War in Iraq: Jacek Kugler (Claremont Graduate University), Ronald L. Tammen (Portland State University), and Brian Efird (Claremont Graduate University)

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Dr. Daniel S. Geller
John A. Vasquez
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