Saturday, August 20, 2005
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So what do international relations specialists think?
After being in a news black hole for a week, I'll be getting back into blogging a bit slowly.
However, here's something for the academics in the audience: last year a group of IR profs put together a survey of what other IR profs thought about the field, current affairs, etc.
The preliminary results can be found in this paper by Susan Peterson and Michael J. Tierney, with Daniel Maliniak entitled, "Teaching and Research Practices, Views on the Discipline, and Policy Attitudes of International Relations Faculty at U.S. Colleges and Universities"
Some of the interesting topline results:
Go check it out.posted by Dan on 08.20.05 at 06:07 PM
Let us face facts.
The left means to destroy our country and
Don't get me wrong. As long as they restrict
The LLL and the MSM should not, however, be
Which accounts for the continual decline in
Most of what is taught in 'history' classes
And then go on to vote Republican after they
So it doesn't matter that the views of the
Q: (70) In general, how should the United States determine its foreign policy?
A: It should be based on both the national interest of the United States and the interests of U.S. allies
R: 472 responses (59 percent) agree.
This survey is interesting but I hope future surveys will break down the above question (and others like it). The above answer tells us nothing about the predisposition of faculty should US national interests and the interests of US allies collide. What position to take in a collision, of course, would depend on the issue. But even then it would be a useful to give faculty an opportunity to agree with that caveat.
The survey defends low common denominators on the grounds that they are necessary so that faculty views can be compared to the results of surveys of the American people. But this only raises the question of such surveys of the general population can't look for higher common denominators as well.
My last sentence above: "But this only raises the question of such surveys of the general population can't look for higher common denominators as well."
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