Friday, April 30, 2010

Quote of the day

Daniel and Smith: (PDF)
Although faculty at the leading doctoral programs in international relations might reject any of the founding books in the discipline as dissertations today, we think these works retain a tangible value because they offer more insight than predictive power. Perhaps because of this difference in orientation, statesmen read and continue to learn from the classic works and often eschew the products of today’s academy. We might understand these earlier works simply as a kind of valuable mental training that orients students of politics rather than an effort claiming to define the best course of action.

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