Benjamin Franklin: Statesman-Scientist and the Father of Scientific Statecraft

25 Pages Posted: 16 Oct 2009 Last revised: 23 Oct 2009

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Barbara Pfeffer Billauer

Institute of World Politics; International Program in Bioethics, U. of Porto; Foundation for Law and Science Centers, Inc.

Date Written: October 15, 2009

Abstract

Statecraft is commonly defined as "the art of leading a country," with emphasis placed on the political/diplomatic, military and economic aspects of the craft as it pertains to foreign policy. This article illustrates the role of science in the diplomatic aspects of statecraft through the contributions of Benjamin Franklin, as well as introduces the use of science as a discreet and individual element the discipline of Statecraft.

Keywords: Benjamin Franklin, Scientist, Statesman, Statecraft, Diplomacy, Negotiation

JEL Classification: F42, H11, H56, H77, Z00, K33, I28

Suggested Citation

Billauer, Barbara P., Benjamin Franklin: Statesman-Scientist and the Father of Scientific Statecraft (October 15, 2009). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1489615 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1489615

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