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My Final Word to Daniel Drezner on Zombies


At the International Studies Association conference a couple of week’s back, both Rob and I were invited to join Stephanie Carvin’s round-table roasting Daniel Drezner for his new book Theory of International Politics and Zombies.

Rob’s presentation refuted some of Drezner’s findings on the empirics; mine refutes one or two rather important assumptions as well as interrogating the normative underpinnings of his book. Here is the video blog version.

(This panel, by the way, was voted among the “Top 20 ISA Panels of All Time” by a “senior academic sitting in audience” via Twitter. My post-ISA content analysis of the conference Twitter hashtag also shows that ‘zombies’ was the fifth most common word tweeted at the entire conference– beaten only by ‘#isa2011’, ‘rt,’ ‘panel’ and ‘http’, and surpassing the words ‘power,’ ‘libya’ and even ‘bitly’ as well as references to the IPad contest being thrown by Routledge Press. What this suggests about the state of IR as a discipline one can only wonder, but Steve Saideman has a few choice thoughts.)

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