Purpose and Policy in the Global Community Synopsis
Few topics are as important in the study of international relations as the causes of wealth and poverty, and their interaction with militarization. Few scholars have contributed more to understanding these issues than Bruce Russett. Here Russett shows the linkages between wealth and conflict both substantively and temporally.
Purpose and Policy in the Global Community Press Reviews
In this fascinating collection spanning three decades of work, a leading social scientist of his generation combines empirical science with moral reasoning to grapple with the complex and nuanced problems of international relations, from North-South inequality and health outcomes to nuclear weapons and the democratic peace. Russett's older articles are uncannily prescient, while his newest ones illuminate key issues for the coming years. - Joshua Goldstein, Professor Emeritus of International Relations, American University In this volume one of the most energetic and inquisitive minds of modern international relations research, Bruce Russett, brings together a set of scholarly articles over a 40-year period. They all testify to the hallmarks of Russett's research: a demand for analytical clarity and theoretical precision in dealing with major contemporary issues of global inequality, nuclear and conventional weaponry, war, terrorism and public health. The articles are vivid illustrations of how the interaction between 'a real world' and 'a scholarly world' can be conducted to the benefit of both. The volume lives up to its stated goal and Bruce Russett helps us balance the drama of today and the experience of modern history. - Peter Wallensteen, Dag Hammarskjoeld Professor, Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University