Type
Article
Title
Is Grand Strategy a Research Program? A Review Essay
In
Security Studies
Author(s)
BALZACQ Thierry - Centre de recherches internationales (Author)
DOMBROWSKI Peter - US Naval War College (Author)
REICH Simon - Rutgers University (Author)
Editor
GB : Frank Cass Publishers
Volume
28
Number
1
Pages
58 - 86 p.
ISSN
09636412
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1080/09636412.2018.1508631
Keywords
grand strategy, literature, book review, research program
Abstract
EN
The literature on grand strategy is dynamic and voluminous. Yet a vital set of questions remains unsettled. There is little agreement on such basic issues as a common definition of grand strategy, the appropriate methods that should be employed in studying it, which countries qualify as comparative cases, and whether the purpose of research is explanatory or prescriptive. This article examines four recent, important books as a platform for addressing these issues and argues that, as currently constituted, grand strategy is a field of study rather than a mature research program. It concludes by offering a modest range of options that can be employed to rectify these problems and develop a comparative grand strategy program.

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