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"With honorable exceptions, those who conduct foreign policy and those who do research on international relations rarely learn from each other. This meaty and well-crafted book offers innovative suggestions, based on the experiences of scholars with strong policy interests and officials with keen analytic skills, to strengthen both practice and theory by building more fruitful connections between academia and the policy world."

"Most foreign policy practitioners in the United States and elsewhere seem to avoid contact with academic theory, and scholars generally reciprocate; indeed this gap has widened in recent years. Lowenthal and Bertucci are right to argue that this gap can and should be bridged, to benefit both theory and practice. This book provides thoughtful, practical and timely suggestions for doing so."

"Lucid and engaging, this book seeks out voices from well-known academics and policymakers, along with experts whose work regularly bridges the gap between the worlds of international affairs and serious scholarship. Excellent narrative essays seek to strengthen scholar-practitioner interaction by combining original research and recommendations for effective engagement with comparative analyses of important cases."

"This timely volume is a ladder thrown across the yawning gap between academe and the policy world. It is packed with helpful, firsthand advice for those who might wish to cross over from those on both sides who have successfully made the journey."

"Bringing valuable new insight in the perennial debate about 'bridging the gap,' this timely and enlightening book reveals many 'gaps'—generational, national, and ideological—in the relationship between the academy and the policy world, and yet finds enduring shared values: not least, the need for accurate data and the commitment to the public good."

"Editors Abraham F. Lowenthal and Mariano E. Bertucci present a collection of readable, reflective essays written by scholars and practitioners... The collaboration between scholar and practitioner is an undertapped but potentially powerful resource. By exhibiting a degree of humility, and heeding some of the lessons in this book, we can break down the insularity of the two fields to very beneficial effect."

"This superb volume is very much needed... Its essays join a number of highly regarded scholar–practitioners from across the Americas and Europe, and the authors take a hard look at the experience in a number of policy areas and countries or regions."

"Both scholars and policy makers who are looking for ideas on how to bridge the gap between their two worlds will find this book a valuable resource."

Scholars, Policymakers, and International Affairs
Finding Common Cause
Publication Date: 24 Nov 2014
Status: Available
Usually ships 2-3 business days after receipt of order.
Trim Size: 6" x 9"
Page Count: 320 pages
Illustrations: 4 line drawings
ISBN: 9781421415086