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The Resource Cult of the irrelevant : the waning influence of social science on national security, Michael C. Desch

Cult of the irrelevant : the waning influence of social science on national security, Michael C. Desch

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Cult of the irrelevant : the waning influence of social science on national security
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Cult of the irrelevant
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the waning influence of social science on national security
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Michael C. Desch
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eng
Summary
To mobilize America's intellectual resources to meet the security challenges of the post-9/11 world, US Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates observed that "we must again embrace eggheads and ideas." But the gap between national security policymakers and international relations scholars has become a chasm. Michael Desch traces the history of the relationship between the Beltway and the Ivory Tower from World War I to the present day. Recounting key "Golden Age" academic strategists such as Thomas Schelling and Walt Rostow, Desch's narrative shows that social science research became most oriented toward practical problem-solving during times of war and that scholars returned to less relevant work during peacetime. Social science disciplines like political science rewarded work that was methodologically sophisticated over scholarship that engaged with the messy realities of national security policy, and academic culture increasingly turned away from the job of solving real-world problems. In the name of scientific objectivity, academics today frequently engage only in basic research that they hope will somehow trickle down to policymakers. Drawing on the lessons of this history as well as a unique survey of current and former national security policymakers, Desch offers concrete recommendations for scholars who want to shape government work. The result is a rich intellectual history and an essential wake-up call to a field that has lost its way. --
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1960-
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Desch, Michael C.
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illustrations
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non fiction
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bibliography
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Princeton studies in international history and politics
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  • Social sciences and state
  • National security
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Cult of the irrelevant : the waning influence of social science on national security, Michael C. Desch
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Includes bibliographical references and index
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The relevance question: professional social science and the fate of security studies -- How war opened the door to the ivory tower during the First World War and peace closed it again -- World War II: social scientists in the physicists' war -- Social science's cold war: the behavioral revolution's quixotic effort to construct a "policy science" -- Summer studies, centers, and a governmentwide clearinghouse: federal efforts to mobilize social science for the Cold War -- The scientific strategists follow the economists to an intellectual dead end -- Strategic modernization theory bogs down in the Vietnam quagmire -- The "renaissance of security" languished until the owl of Minerva flew after 9/11 -- Conclusions, responses to objections, and scholarly recommendations
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on1032656469
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25 cm.
Extent
viii, 351 pages
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9780691181219
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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n
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(OCoLC)1032656469
Label
Cult of the irrelevant : the waning influence of social science on national security, Michael C. Desch
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The relevance question: professional social science and the fate of security studies -- How war opened the door to the ivory tower during the First World War and peace closed it again -- World War II: social scientists in the physicists' war -- Social science's cold war: the behavioral revolution's quixotic effort to construct a "policy science" -- Summer studies, centers, and a governmentwide clearinghouse: federal efforts to mobilize social science for the Cold War -- The scientific strategists follow the economists to an intellectual dead end -- Strategic modernization theory bogs down in the Vietnam quagmire -- The "renaissance of security" languished until the owl of Minerva flew after 9/11 -- Conclusions, responses to objections, and scholarly recommendations
Control code
on1032656469
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
viii, 351 pages
Isbn
9780691181219
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)1032656469

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