Among the various fields of the social sciences, international relations theory has established itself both as scientific and as politically relevant. Along with economics, it is a model of social scientific expertise, and it has an established record of informing state policies. It provides a standard of political rationality against which policy decisions can be matched and assessed. [...]Read the rest of Secularism, realism, and international relations.
Nicolas Guilhot joined the SSRC in August 2007 as a research fellow. He is involved in developing the SSRC program on Knowledge Institutions . His current research focuses on the history of international relations theory, and on the role of philanthropy in the development of the social sciences. His publications include The Democracy Makers: Human Rights and the Politics of Global Order (Columbia University Press 2005) and Financiers, Philanthropes: Sociologie de Wall Street (Raisons d’Agir 2004).