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.
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