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Pierre Hassner Lecture

The Pierre Hassner Lecture is dedicated to the memory of a distinguished scholar of international politics.

Pierre Hassner (1933 - 2018) was Research Director at CERI, the Centre d'études et de recherches internationales at Sciences-Po (Paris), an Adjunct Professor at the Bologna Center of the Johns Hopkins University and a participant to the early SGRI conferences.

The 2018 Pierre Hassner Lecture will be given by:

Joe Grieco - Professor of political science at Duke University
The Schools of Thought Problem in International Relations

Date: Friday | 17.45 - 19.15 
Room: Aula Ruffilli 

Many scholars are dissatisfied with the tendency of research and teaching in the field of international relations to be framed as clashes among competing schools of thought. Two prominent options for reform relate to the schools and offer one element of an alternative path forward. The first option (analytical singularism) calls for the abandonment of the IR schools and their replacement with a single, uniform framework for the study of international relations. By virtue of a constricted ontology and partialist epistemology, this option is plagued by omitted variable bias and underspecified modeling of important inter- national processes. The second option (analytical eclecticism) suggests that improved IR studies might emerge from the consideration of interactions between causal factors that are drawn from the different IR schools of thought. Analytical eclecticism holds promise but faces serious challenges arising from its preference for qualitative methods and context-specific epistemology. In this lecture it will be outlined a process of collaborative challenges between adherents of the different IR schools as one way by which we might advance research in international relations.