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Guide to the Scientific Study of International Processes

Guide to the Scientific Study of International Processes

Sara McLaughlin Mitchell (Editor), Paul F. Diehl (Editor), James D. Morrow (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-118-27792-8 July 2012 Wiley-Blackwell 296 Pages




Dedicated to the empirical analysis of data from the world of international relations, SSIP scholars tend to focus on interstate conflicts, civil wars, and conflict management. The range of perspectives in this edited volume provide a comprehensive introduction to SSIP theory and methodology.

  • Fresh approach traces intellectual development of research approaches rather than merely summarizing results
  • Features original SSIP material not found in other books
  • Includes a number of essays with a broader assessment of SSIP methods - ideal for younger scholars interested in the approach
  • Includes recent SSIP analyses exploring issues such as civil wars
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