Theorizing Foreign Policy in a Globalized World by Knud Erik Jørgensen, Werner Link, Gunther Hellmann

By Knud Erik Jørgensen, Werner Link, Gunther Hellmann

During this number of clean and provocative essays, the participants to Theorizing international coverage in a Globalized international think of the game-changing political impression of globalization, outlining the placement because it presently stands and suggesting ideas for examining international coverage and international governance.

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However, both equally share the underlying scepticism of much of comparative historical sociology vis-à-vis systematically including creative agency in the analysis of macro-social processes. This is reflected in Tilly’s somewhat disparaging comment that stories do not only ‘radically simplify cause–effect connections’ but do so mainly by ‘trot[ting] out a few actors whose dispositions and actions cause everything that happens within a limited time and place’ (Tilly, 2008, 21). Nevertheless, as Lynn Eden (2008) has shown, even though Tilly has been sceptical about the value of stories the record of his publications can be read as a reflection of his increasing appreciation of the usefulness of story-telling as time passed.

For evidence in support of any such claim to be acknowledged as plausible the final judgment ought to be left to those who are most capable of judging (or disputing) such claims; that is, colleagues in the community of scholars. This is another way of saying that the appropriate metaphor for organizing cooperative scholarship ‘is no longer that of demonstration, not even that of debate, but of a structured procedure for which a courtroom proceeding [ . . ] provides the proper analogy’ (Kratochwil, 2003, 125, emphasis added; for a similar view see Dewey, 1981, 35).

2. Good overviews of pragmatism as well as different readings of the pragmatist tradition are provided by Rorty, 1982; Joas, 1992a, 7–15, 28–37; Bernstein, 1995; Rescher, 1995; Menand, 1997; and Shook and Margolis, 2006. For the recent renaissance in IR see the ‘Special Issue’ of the journal Millennium (2002); Katzenstein and Sil, 2008; Friedrichs and Kratochwil, 2009. 3. The best historical account, based on many internal documents and interviews with decision-makers, is Marsh, 2011. 4. On this expectation and metaphor see Bulmer and Paterson, 1989 and Keohane and Hoffmann, 1993, 389.

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