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Table of Contents
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
What People are Saying About This
Beyond the Ivory Tower can be read with equal profit by scholars who want to improve the scientific status of international relations theory and by those alarmed by IR's drift away from relevance. Lepgold and Nincic show that the effort to apply theory to policy helps enrich theory, by bringing out its hidden assumptions. They also make a strong ethical case that IR scholars should not abandon their field's honorable tradition of advising statesmen. In doing so, they provide an illuminating overview of the field and intriguing insights into the forces that shape its development.
Lepgold and Nincic show in detail how the academic study of international relations can contribute more powerfully to practical deliberations and debates. They make a compelling case that greater policy relevance can actually enhance the scientific value of scholarship. It is no coincidence that the founders of social scienceMarx, Weber, and Durgakheimwere all deeply imbued with a belief in the practical significance of the academic enterprise.