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Both types of policy scientists are interested in international theory. But instead of playing a creative role in the origination of international theory, both are likely to borrow existing pure theory and adapt it (or bend it, as the case may be) to their policy purposes. Both have legitimate perspectives, which are value-laden rather than valuefree: each is committed not only to understanding reality but also to acting upon it for the purpose of achieving certain preselected goals. " 70 What is, and what should we expect of, a theory of international relations?
Morton A. Kaplan, op. cit. See also the references to Kaplan's work in Chapter 4 below. 55. , op. cit. 56. William H. Riker, The Theory of Political Coalitions (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1962). Theoretical Approaches to International Relations 19 as our most comfortable resting place, we have retained our propensity for vertical drift, failing to appreciate 4he value of a stable point of focus. Whether this lack of concern is a function of the relative infancy of the discipline or the nature of the intellectual traditions from which it springs, it nevertheless remains a significant variable in the general sluggishness which characterizes the development of theory in the study of relations among nations*7 Should study and theory focus on contemporary international reality?
Most texts persisted in providing chapters on those subjects which had been the primary concerns up to World War II—international law and morality, international organization and peaceful settlement of disputes, diplomacy and the conduct of foreign relations. A plethora of new categories and concepts appeared: nationalism, imperialism, colonialism and the emergence of the Third World, and ideology and propaganda. Some texts contained chapters on alliances, regional or functional integration, disarmament and arms control, and specific techniques of foreign policy such as nonalignment and isolation.