Causes and Consequences of International Conflict: Data, Methods and Theory

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2008-02-05
  • Publisher: Routledge

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Containing essays by some of the leading scholars in the field, this volume looks at the scientific study of the causes of international conflict. By wedding rigorous methods and a coherent theme, they demonstrate how the data and method employed can substantively affect the substantive conclusions one draws. The book is divided into three parts: Part 1 focuses on substance and presents some recent contributions to the work on the causes of international conflict. The papers present findings on the effects of there being multiple states involved in international disputes and the likelihood of escalation; the nature of ?state-like? interactions and conflict behaviour in South America; and the effect of ?market civilizations? on the likelihood of conflict Part 2 has papers on specific well-known data sets and issues of methodology, including papers pertaining to data on interventions in international conflicts, the widely used Militarized Interstate Dispute dataset; and the effects of various coding rules on the different trade data sets Part 3 has two papers on the use of simulation as a method for studying international relations. Causes and Consequences of International Conflict will be of interest to students of international conflict, peace studies, conflict resolution, security studies and international relations.

Table of Contents

Contributions to the Understanding of the Causes of Conflict Multiparty Disputes and the Probability of War, 1816-1992
Comparing New Theory with Prior Beliefs: Market Civilization and the Democratic Peace
Testing Competing Institutional Explanations of the Democratic Peace: The Case of Dispute Duration
How to Study Conflict: Data and Methods The MID3 Data Set, 1993-2001: Procedures, Coding Rules, and Description
Danger Beyond Dyads: Third-Party Participants in Militarized Interstate Disputes
Dangerous Dyads Revisited: Democracies May Not Be That Peaceful after All
Assessing the Dyadic Approach to Interstate Conflict processes
Conflict, Survival and Political Issues Was Leo Durocher Right? Do "Nice States" Finish Last?"
Balancing against Extinction: Alliance Politics among Non-State Actors
Douglas Lemke Chinese Acquisition of the Spratly Archipelago and Its Implications for the Future
Negotiations, Guns and Money: Do Constrained Leaders Do Better?
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