Under Freedman’s leading influence, in the wake of Michael Howard, a distinctive working method – a school of thought, an approach – has been pioneered for thirty years, but not given a name. While Howard certainly recognized that how political and military leaders thought about the world affected their decisions and behavior, Freedman extended this intellectual apparatus with his knowledge of social and political theory, and the sociology of knowledge, expanding the intellectual scope and breadth of research and education about war, strategy and policy. Aspects of his work are clearly shared by those who have worked with him, for him and in his light. The distinctive coherence around notions such as constructivist realism, strategic scripts and the understanding of social interaction and processes define a body of work related to making a difference in the world that has done just that.
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