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.
About the Contributors ix
Editors’ Introduction xiiiSara 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 3Kelly M. Kadera and Dina Zinnes
2 Game Theory and Other Modeling Approaches 23Frank C. Zagare and Branislav L. Slantchev
3 Review of Available Data Sets 43Paul R. Hensel
4 Teaching the Scientific Study of International Politics 63D. Scott Bennett
5 The Interaction of Theory and Data 81James D. Morrow
Section II Causes of Interstate and Intrastate War 91
6 Systemic Theories of Conflict 93Karen Rasler and William R. Thompson
7 Territory and Geography 115Jaroslav Tir and John A. Vasquez
8 The Quest for Security: Alliances and Arms 135Brett Ashley Leeds and T. Clifton Morgan
9 Programmatic Research on the Democratic Peace 151Steve Chan
10 Domestic–International Conflict Linkages 171Will H. Moore and Ahmer Tarar
11 Civil Wars 189Idean Salehyan and Clayton L. Thyne
12 The Conduct and Consequences of War 209Alyssa K. Prorok and Paul K. Huth
13 The Durability of Peace 233Caroline A. Hartzell and Amy Yuen
Section III The Future of SSIP 251
14 The Past and Future of the Scientific Study of International Politics 253Zeev Maoz
McLaughlin Mitchell is Professor of Political Science and Collegiate Scholar at the University of Iowa, USA. Co–director of the Issue Correlates of War Project and associate editor ofForeign Policy Analysis, she has published more than two dozen journal articles and book chapters. She is the author ofDomestic Law Goes Global: Legal Traditions and International Courts (with Emilia Justyna Powell, 2011).
Paul F. Diehl is Henning Larsen Professor of Political Science at the University of Illinois, Urbana–Champaign, USA. He has held faculty positions at the University of Georgia and SUNY–Albany. His recent books include The Dynamics of International Law (2010), Evaluating Peace Operations (2010), and The Politics of Global Governance: International Organizations in an Interdependent World (2010).
James D. Morrow is Professor of Political Science and Research Professor at the University of Michigan, USA. He is the author of The Logic of Political Survival (2003) and Game Theory for Political Scientists (1994), as well as more than 30 articles in refereed journals and numerous other publications.