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Between the Covers: International Relations in Books

Published on Jan 1, 2013in PS Political Science & Politics 0.90
· DOI :10.1017/S1049096512001291
J. C. Sharman18
Estimated H-index: 18
(Griffith University),
Catherine Weaver7
Estimated H-index: 7
(University of Texas at Austin)
Abstract
Efforts to systematize our knowledge of international relations (IR) have tended to focus on journal articles while ignoring books. In contrast, we argue that to know IR we must know IR books. To this end, this article presents the first systematic analysis of such books based on coding 500 IR texts published by leading presses against variables covering methodology, theoretical paradigm, and policy application. We compare the results with those of the Teaching, Research, and International Policy (TRIP) project's coding of 2,800 journal articles against the same variables, and the 2008 and 2011 TRIP surveys of more than 3,000 IR scholars. The main findings are that books are much less quantitative than articles published in leading journals, are somewhat more representative of the field according to paradigm, and are more engaged with policy concerns.
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Published on Jan 1, 2013
Peter J. Katzenstein38
Estimated H-index: 38
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Published on Jun 1, 2011in International Studies Quarterly 2.15
Daniel Maliniak8
Estimated H-index: 8
(UCSD: University of California, San Diego),
Amy Oakes5
Estimated H-index: 5
(W&M: College of William & Mary)
+ 1 AuthorsMichael J. Tierney15
Estimated H-index: 15
(W&M: College of William & Mary)
Using two new data sources to describe trends in the international relations (IR) discipline since 1980—a database of every article published in the 12 leading journals in the field and three surveys of IR faculty at US colleges and universities—we explore the extent of theoretical, methodological, and epistemological diversity in the American study of IR and the relationship between IR scholarship and the policy-making community in the United States. We find, first, that there is considerable a...
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Published on Apr 1, 2011in PS Political Science & Politics 0.90
James C. Garand25
Estimated H-index: 25
(LSU: Louisiana State University),
Micheal W. Giles19
Estimated H-index: 19
(Emory University)
Previous research has documented how political scientists evaluate and rank scholarly journals, but the evaluation and ranking of scholarly book publishers has drawn less attention. In this article, we use data from a survey of 603 American political scientists to generate a ranking of scholarly publishers in political science. We used open-ended questions to ask respondents to identify those scholarly publishers (1) to which they would submit “a very strong book manuscript” in their area of exp...
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Published on Mar 16, 2008
Benjamin J. Cohen26
Estimated H-index: 26
List of Illustrations ix Acknowledgments xi Abbreviations xiii Introduction 1 CHAPTER ONE: The American School 16 CHAPTER TWO: The British School 44 CHAPTER THREE: A Really Big Question 66 CHAPTER FOUR: The Control Gap 95 CHAPTER FIVE: The Mystery of the State 118 CHAPTER SIX: What Have We Learned? 142 CHAPTER SEVEN: New Bridges? 169 References 179 Index 199
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Published on Dec 13, 2007in Review of International Political Economy 2.53
Frederick John Ravenhill6
Estimated H-index: 6
(ANU: Australian National University)
ABSTRACT In a recent article in RIPE, Benjamin J. Cohen suggests that a deep divide exists between two schools of IPE: the American and the British. While, at a certain level of generality, obvious differences do exist between how international relations generally, and IPE more specifically, are studied in the US and the UK, various dimensions of Cohen's argument are problematic, and may inadvertently hinder his professed desire to build bridges across the Atlantic. In particular, Cohen's approa...
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Li Zhang1
Estimated H-index: 1
(MSU: Mississippi State University)
By examining citations in international relations journal articles published between 2000 and 2005, this study reveals that international relations scholars more heavily rely on books rather than on journals. Less than 2% of the citations are from electronic resources. Materials in foreign languages are utilized insignificantly, with English language citations dominating the research literature. The analysis of subject scatter details the main disciplines that are associated with international r...
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Published on Jun 1, 1999in PS Political Science & Politics 0.90
Larry P. Goodson1
Estimated H-index: 1
(The: American University in Cairo),
Bradford Dillman7
Estimated H-index: 7
(Koç University),
Anil Hira1
Estimated H-index: 1
(Tulane University)
Numerous studies in political science have rated and evaluated various elements of importance to the discipline, including graduate programs, journal quality, and even the contribution of individuals within the discipline itself. We could not discover, however, any study evaluating the quality of academic book publishers in political science. Yet, as we have witnessed in tenure and promotion cases, in hiring decisions, in departmental gossip, and at APSA meetings and other professional gathering...
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Published on Oct 1, 1998in International Organization 4.52
Ole Wæver19
Estimated H-index: 19
The international relations (IR) discipline is dominated by the American research community. Data about publication patterns in leading journals document this situation as well as a variance in theoretical orientations. IR is conducted differently in different places. The main patterns are explained through a sociology of science model that emphasizes the different nineteenth-century histories of the state, the early format of social science, and the institutionalized delineation among the diffe...
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Published on Jan 1, 1993
Samuel P. Huntington50
Estimated H-index: 50
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Kenneth N. Waltz26
Estimated H-index: 26
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Published on May 3, 2018in International Studies Quarterly 2.15
Peter Marcus Kristensen5
Estimated H-index: 5
(UCPH: University of Copenhagen)
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Published on Jan 1, 2017
Jacek Czaputowicz2
Estimated H-index: 2
(University of Warsaw),
Anna Wojciuk2
Estimated H-index: 2
(University of Warsaw)
This chapter systematically analyzes publications and Ph.D. dissertations with regard to their content, topics, methodology, theoretical approaches, author’s gender, and geographical region of focus. It consists of a quantitative part (analysis of 935 articles published in top academic journals between 2007 and 2012, and 339 doctoral dissertations defended between 2001 and 2012) and a qualitative part (where all the texts which were identified as containing theoretical and methodological referen...
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Published on Jan 1, 2017
Jacek Czaputowicz2
Estimated H-index: 2
(University of Warsaw),
Anna Wojciuk2
Estimated H-index: 2
(University of Warsaw)
This chapter presents International Relations as a scholarly discipline and its developmental models in different states. It analyzes the historical development of the field, institutional setups, disciplinary power, as well as the theoretical and methodological preferences in the discipline in the USA, the United Kingdom, France, Italy, Spain, Germany and Nordic states. It identifies distinctive IR models in continental Europe, i.e., “self-reliant,” “resigned marginalization,” and “multi-level ...
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Published on Oct 1, 2013in Review of International Political Economy 2.53
J. C. Sharman18
Estimated H-index: 18
(Griffith University),
Catherine Weaver7
Estimated H-index: 7
(University of Texas at Austin)
On the occasion of the Review of International Political Economy 's 20th anniversary, this paper systematically assesses RIPE 's claim to represent an alternative to the 'mainstream' study of international political economy (IPE) with several new sources of evidence. The first is the IPE component of a 20-country survey of international relations (IR) faculty, the second a database of books in the field. The third, and most important, is derived from coding 326 RIPE articles published 2000-10 to...
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Published on Apr 1, 2013in Australian Journal of International Affairs 0.95
Lee Morgenbesser1
Estimated H-index: 1
This article analyses the results of the most recent and largest cross-national survey on the international relations discipline. Completed by scholars in 20 countries, the survey covered the areas of teaching, research, foreign policy, the profession, and the relationship between policy and academia. From an Australian perspective, the key findings include the strong link between what academics teach and research; the narrowing epistemological gap between the USA and Australia; the curious pess...
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Published on Jun 15, 2012in Annual Review of Political Science 3.64
Alastair Iain Johnston22
Estimated H-index: 22
(Harvard University)
Transatlantic international relations (IR) theory has more or less neglected the international relations of East Asia. This relative neglect has come in different forms: excluding East Asian cases from analysis, including East Asian cases but miscoding or misunderstanding them, or including them but missing the fact that they do not confirm the main findings of the study. A review of the East Asia–related literature on three important clusters of theorizing—structural theories of conflict, insti...
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