Friday, February 13, 2009

Newest TRIP Survey

To what extent is there national variation in how scholars teach IR, think about the discipline,view their role in the policy process, and approach critical contemporary foreign policy debates? Conversely, to what extent is there a single-perhaps American-driven-IR discipline? To begin to answer these questions, the Teaching, Research, and International Policy (TRIP) project has conducted the first cross-national survey of IR faculty in ten countries: Australia, Canada, Ireland, Israel, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, United Kingdom, and the United States. This report provides descriptive statistics and top line results for all 90 questions asked on the 2008 survey.
About Teaching, Research, and International Policy (TRIP). 
Outcomes in international relations (IR) have changed dramatically over the past 25 years. The sudden and peaceful end of the Cold War, dramatic increases in interdependence, the diffusion of democracy, and the rise of non-state actors have all shaped outcomes and put new policy issues on the agenda. Are students and scholars of IR equipped to assist policy makers as they confront this rapidly changing world? Has teaching and research in IR changed to the same degree during this time period? Are teaching and research efforts responsive to changes in the real world of international politics and policy?

Conversely, does research and teaching in IR have any influence on the real world of international politics and policy making? Almost no systematic research has been done to document empirical patterns or verify causal hypotheses along these lines. The TRIP project seeks to remedy these shortcomings by creating new datasets and analyzing the relationships illustrated below.
More publications here.

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