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Guide to the Scientific Study of International Processes. Guides to International Studies

  • ID: 2715371
  • Book
  • September 2012
  • Region: Global
  • 292 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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This edited volume offers students and researchers in international relations a wide–ranging survey of SSIP, the well established analytical approach to IR that employs rigorous methodology. Both strands of SSIP are represented here, one devoted to the collection and analysis of data, the other concerned with developing IR theories using mathematical models. SSIP has traditionally focused on issues related to security and conflict, yet this book reflects recent developments, which include a growing emphasis on civil wars, and models linking domestic and international processes.

Separate sections deal with methodology, substantive topics in conflict and cooperation, and lastly, what SSIP has brought to our understanding of IR, as well as likely directions for future research. The book provides readers with valuable insights into the datasets, methodological advances, formal models, and theoretical arguments advanced by the SSIP research community. As the successes enjoyed by the SSIP approach raise its profile in the academic literature, this volume will introduce a new generation of researchers to the many applications of empirical techniques in IR.

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Acknowledgments vii

About the Contributors ix

Editors’ Introduction xiii
Sara McLaughlin Mitchell, Paul F. Diehl, and James D. Morrow

Section I The SSIP Approach 1

1 The Origins and Evolution of SSIP: How Methods Met Models, with a Short Interlude 3
Kelly M. Kadera and Dina Zinnes

2 Game Theory and Other Modeling Approaches 23
Frank C. Zagare and Branislav L. Slantchev

3 Review of Available Data Sets 43
Paul R. Hensel

4 Teaching the Scientific Study of International Politics 63
D. Scott Bennett

5 The Interaction of Theory and Data 81
James D. Morrow

Section II Causes of Interstate and Intrastate War 91

6 Systemic Theories of Conflict 93
Karen Rasler and William R. Thompson

7 Territory and Geography 115
Jaroslav Tir and John A. Vasquez

8 The Quest for Security: Alliances and Arms 135
Brett Ashley Leeds and T. Clifton Morgan

9 Programmatic Research on the Democratic Peace 151
Steve Chan

10 Domestic–International Conflict Linkages 171
Will H. Moore and Ahmer Tarar

11 Civil Wars 189
Idean Salehyan and Clayton L. Thyne

12 The Conduct and Consequences of War 209
Alyssa K. Prorok and Paul K. Huth

13 The Durability of Peace 233
Caroline A. Hartzell and Amy Yuen

Section III The Future of SSIP 251

14 The Past and Future of the Scientific Study of International Politics 253
Zeev Maoz

Index 271

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Sara McLaughlin Mitchell
Paul F. Diehl
James D. Morrow
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