Belfer Center Home > Experts > Miriam Elman

« Back to list of experts

Miriam Elman

Miriam Elman

Former Research Fellow, International Security Program, 1993-1994, 1995-1996, 1999-2001

 

Experience

Former Research Fellow, International Security Program, 1993-1994, 1995-1996, 1999-2001

Current Affiliation: Miriam F. Elman is Associate Professor of Political Science at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University.

 

 

By Date

 

2003

October, 2003

Progress in International Relations Theory: Appraising the Field

Book

By Miriam Elman, Former Research Fellow, International Security Program, 1993-1994, 1995-1996, 1999-2001 and Colin Elman, Former Research Fellow, International Security Program, 1998-2001

This book investigates how international relations theorists can better equip themselves to determine the state of scholarly work in their field. It takes as its starting point Imre Lakatos's influential theory of scientific change, and in particular his methodology of scientific research programs (MSRP). It uses MSRP to organize its analysis of major research programs over the last several decades and uses MSRP's criteria for theoretical progress to evaluate these programs. The contributors appraise the progress of institutional theory, varieties of realist and liberal theory, operational code analysis, and other research programs in international relations.

 

2001

March, 2001

Bridges and Boundaries: Historians, Political Scientists, and the Study of International Relations

Book

By Miriam Elman, Former Research Fellow, International Security Program, 1993-1994, 1995-1996, 1999-2001 and Colin Elman, Former Research Fellow, International Security Program, 1998-2001

Bridges and Boundaries offers a conversation between what might loosely be described as traditionalist diplomatic and military historians, and political scientists who employ qualitative case study methods to examine international relations. The book opens with a series of chapters discussing differences, commonalities, and opportunities for cross-fertilization between the two disciplines.

Bridges and Boundaries explores how historians and political scientists can learn from one another and illustrates the possibilities that arise when open-minded scholars from different disciplines sit down to talk.

 

1997

August, 1997

Paths to Peace: Is Democracy the Answer?

Book

By Miriam Elman, Former Research Fellow, International Security Program, 1993-1994, 1995-1996, 1999-2001

Many political scientists have hailed the apparent existence of Democratic Peace--the absence of wars between democracies--as proof that a world of democracies would be a world without war. This idea challenges traditional approaches to international politics, which focus on the balance of power between states regardless of their political systems. It also has important implications for world politics, especially as President Clinton has made the promotion of democracy a cornerstone of U.S. foreign policy on the grounds that democracies never fight each other.

 

SUBSCRIBE

Receive email updates on the most pressing topics in science and int'l affairs.

Events Calendar

We host a busy schedule of events throughout the fall, winter and spring. Past guests include: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, former Vice President Al Gore, and former Russian President Mikhail Gorbachev.