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dc.contributor.authorREUS-SMIT, Christian
dc.identifier.citationMillennium: Journal of International Studies, 2012, 40, 3, 525–540en
dc.descriptionFirst published online: June 2012
dc.description.abstractIt is now commonplace to bemoan our field’s lack of practical relevance, and to blame this sorry situation on our penchant for ever-more abstract theorising over the analysis of real-world phenomena. This article challenges this rendition of the problem. Not only is the theory versus relevance thesis difficult to sustain empirically, there are good reasons to believe that even the most abstract forms of metatheory are relevant to sound practical knowledge. More than this, though, the theory versus relevance thesis misconstrues the problem. The obstacle to practical relevance is not theoretical abstraction, but a series of other disciplinary problems: our lack of any real interest in the nature of politics as a distinctive form of human action (which so animated early scholars in the field); the loss of the field’s early practical intent; the sadly too common bifurcation of explanatory and normative inquiry; and the disappearance of the figure of the international public intellectual.en
dc.subjectInternational Relations as a realm of practical discourseen
dc.subjectpractical relevanceen
dc.titleInternational Relations, Irrelevant? Don’t blame theoryen

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