An American Social Science: International Relations (1977)



In the past 30 years, international relations has developed as a largely autonomous part of political science. Even though it has shared many of political science’s vicissitudes — battles among various orientations, theories, and methods — it also has a story of its own. What follows is an attempt at neither a complete balance sheet nor a capsule history — merely a set of reflections on the specific accomplishments and frustrations of a particular field of scholarship.1


Political Science Foreign Policy International Relation International System World Politics 
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    Nicholas Spykman, America’s Strategy in World Politics (New York: Harcourt, Brace, 1942).Google Scholar
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    On this point, see also Albert O. Hirschman, ‘The Search for Paradigms as a Hindrance to Understanding’, World Politics (April 1970), pp. 329–343Google Scholar
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    See Robert Jervis, Perception and Misperception in International Politics (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1976).Google Scholar

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