By Steve A. Yetiv, Patrick James
This edited quantity breaks new flooring through innovatively drawing on a number of disciplines to augment our figuring out of diplomacy and conflict. the growth of data throughout disciplines and the more and more blurred barriers within the actual international either let and insist considering throughout highbrow borders. whereas multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary are well-known buzz phrases, remarkably few books increase them. but doing so can sharpen and extend our point of view on educational and genuine international concerns and difficulties. This ebook deals the main complete remedy thus far and is a useful source for college students, students and practitioners.
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HISTORY, INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS, AND CONFLICT 33 While history can inform theory building, it can also benefit the related enterprise of testing. Historical evidence can also help explore hypotheses and theories, especially in areas where meta-data or artificial evidence are prominent and quantitative methods are neither possible nor appropriate for the subject matter. As Larson points out, historical evidence is “essential to assess the accuracy of psychological explanations of foreign policy decisions,” because experiments generate useful hypotheses about cognitive and motivational influence, albeit in an artificial environment, in need of “validation by real-world data” (Larson in Elman and Elman 2001: 327).
HISTORY, INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS, AND CONFLICT 41 Of course, Washington was driven by a variety of strategic national interests and also by prisoners’ dilemma dynamics between Iraq and the United States that I revealed. These are highlighted by the rational actor model anchored in the IR theory of realism at the systemic level. However, while such factors were critical, they did not tell the full story of how the United States decided to enter into conflict with Iraq. Using multiple perspectives at multiple levels of analysis builds out a more accurate picture, aided by historical study.
9. For expanded discussion, see Yetiv, Explaining Foreign Policy, Chap. 1. The term “perspective” downplays pretension to theory insofar as it does not necessarily connote the ability to generate or falsify predictions, while not precluding the potential for doing so. 10. Thaler is viewed as one of the founders of this field. In recent years, he has worked with scholars such as Cass Sunstein and Daniel Kahneman to illuminate how economic theory can be made more robust if it accounts for how people actually behave, given cognitive and psychological factors.
Advancing Interdisciplinary Approaches to International Relations by Steve A. Yetiv, Patrick James