Beyond the Ivory Tower

International Relations Theory and the Issue of Policy Relevance

Joseph Lepgold and Miroslav Nincic

Columbia University Press

Beyond the Ivory Tower

Pub Date: November 2001

ISBN: 9780231116596

192 Pages

Format: Paperback

List Price: $30.00£25.00

Pub Date: November 2001

ISBN: 9780231505529

192 Pages

Format: E-book

List Price: $29.99£25.00

Beyond the Ivory Tower

International Relations Theory and the Issue of Policy Relevance

Joseph Lepgold and Miroslav Nincic

Columbia University Press

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.
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. Marc A. Genest, Perspectives on Politics
Preface
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 andPolicy Implications
International Institutions and International Cooperation: Theoretical Foundations and Policy Implications
Useful Knowledge: Value, Promise, and Limitations Notes

About the Author

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.