ERIC Number: ED210199
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Interdisciplinary Analysis and Global Policy Studies.
This paper examines ways in which interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary analysis of global policy studies can increase understanding of complex global problems. Until recently, social science has been the discipline most often turned to for techniques and methodology to analyze social problems and behaviors. However, because social science research has of late become so specialized and so concerned with breaking down social problems into ever smaller components, it has become largely irrelevant for pragmatic solving of important social problems. Among the reasons why global policy studies are likely to give better insights than social science research into global problems are that global studies usually focus on broad and complex social problems (as opposed to the narrower problems-focus of social science research); are generally designed to integrate an understanding of social problems with concrete suggestions on how to ameliorate the problems; and are often motivated by a sense of urgency as compared to the social scientists' frequently stated objective of mental puzzle solving. An interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary analysis of global policy studies can give a better understanding of complex problems than can analysis based on a single discipline because it avoids disciplinary parochialism and jargon. At its best, interdisciplinary analysis can take a complex problem and reveal its many facets without becoming obsessed with any one of them and without overemphasizing the culture-specificity of values and problems. In sum, interdisciplinary analysis of global policy studies is a good way to combine expertise from many different disciplines in the search for integrating global values and practical problem solutions (DB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Studies Association Convention (Philadelphia, PA, March, 1981).