Policy Sciences

, Volume 4, Issue 4, pp 509–521 | Cite as

On studying world order: A plea for systematic inquiry

  • Louis René Beres


The creation of improved systems of world order requires great care. Alternative configurations may or may not prove more suitable, and each must be painstakingly examined on its own merits. For those of us who are actively concerned with studying about world order, this means the application of a far more rigorous conception of inquiry to our subject. So long as we cannot accept the Leibnizian claim that this is certainly the best of all possible worlds, our search for better ones must certainly be the best of all possible searches. This means that models of world order must be derived from appropriate hypotheses and subjected to the strictures of systematic analysis. World order studies must be treated in accordance with the strict canons of inquiry outlined in this essay. Only then can they begin to develop the highly generalized system of theory that characterizes any science.


Economic Policy Systematic Inquiry Great Care World Order Alternative Configuration 
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© Elsevier Scientific Publishing Company 1973

Authors and Affiliations

  • Louis René Beres
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  1. 1.Department of Political SciencePurdue UniversityWest Lafayette

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