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January 3, 2005

Regional Studies of Social Science

Those shortcomings, mainly the utter failure of the American academy to train adequate numbers of people with deep knowledge about the world outside the United States, stem from the decline of regional studies at American universities over the past generation and the social sciences' misguided "colonization" by the statistical emphasis of economics. That trend has led to two decades of "rational choice" political science -- the use of mathematical tools such as game theory to model political behavior, in an effort to "create broad, universally applicable laws of political behavior by generalizing across large numbers of countries. That has led social scientists to overlook important particularities of countries and regions.

-- How academe has failed the nation since 9/11
-- Winter issue of "Saisphere"

Further Reference:
"How Academia Failed the Nation: The Decline of Regional Studies"
http://www.sais-jhu.edu/pubaffairs/publications/

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