The question of how effective political tools actually are is among the most hotly debated in contemporary IR theory. There is no unanimity how to even measure the effectiveness and impact different political measures produce. This book comprehensively introduces social science students and scholars to the various fields of effectiveness and impact research in the study of international relations.
Understandings of effectiveness and impact of political measures and tools in international relations are as manifold as the methods of tracing causality. This book presents and discusses the most state-of-the-art research methods and techniques, their theoretical underpinnings, and their application in empirical research. Contemporary social science increasingly demands profound expertise not only in the theoretical understanding of causation and cause-and-effect relationships in the international sphere, but also in the use of causal inference research techniques and methods for establishing and testing causal relationships.
From the contents: Effectiveness as an analytical concept
Instruments and processes
Poloicies and policy Fields
Hendrik Hegemann, Reseracher at the Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy at the University of Hamburg, Germany Regina Heller, Senior Researcher at the Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy at the University of Hamburg, Germany Martin Kahl, Senior Researcher at the Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy at the University of Hamburg, Germany
Target groups: Undergraduates, postgraduates, and post-docs in International Relations, Political Science, sociology, philosophy, other Social Sciences
Keywords: effectiveness, IR theory, political tools, methodology
Subject area: Politics, Political Science, IR, Social Sciences
Zusammengenommen sollte sich der Sammelband für Studierende, Forschende und Praktiker_innen als ungemein nützlich bei der Auseinandersetzung mit dem Problem der wissenschaftlich fundierten Evaluation der Effektivität von Maßnahmen erweisen.