Tilting at a windmill? The conceptual problem in contemporary peace science

Will H. Moore

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Peace scientists such as Kenneth Boulding, Ted Gurr, Thomas Schelling, and Charles Tilly were fastidious in their use of abstract concepts free of the political baggage that politicians, policymakers, and pundits necessarily foist upon the terms in the rough and tumble world of politics. Too much contemporary peace science fails to follow their lead. This essay describes this problem and proposes a useful heuristic to help us improve.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)356-369
Number of pages14
JournalConflict Management and Peace Science
Issue number4
StatePublished - Sep 26 2015


  • Concepts
  • Islamism
  • extremism
  • science
  • social science
  • terrorism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Political Science and International Relations


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