ERIC Number: ED193140
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
Attributes and National Behavior, Part 2: Modern International Relations Monograph Series. Distance Theory, A Comparison of Various Regional Groupings on 1966-69 Cooperation Data.
Vincent, Jack E.
This monograph is a computer printout which presents findings from an analysis of data on cooperation among 29 regional groupings. Regional groupings are interpreted as geographic areas such as Africa and Latin America and international organizations such as The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the Organization of American States (OAS). Analysis was based on distance theory--which implies that international relations systems can be analyzed with regard to scores on specific variables, compared with scores of other systems with regard to the same variables, and plotted a given distance above or below other systems on the basis of those scores. Variables included economic, political, cultural, and commercial interaction. The objectives were to provide information on whether cooperation within international relations systems varies across regional groupings, and to determine what significance, if any, such variation might have. The method was to apply distance theory to various regional groupings and compare the results with a world model. Findings indicated that groups with high mean economic development have members who tend to export high cooperation to other nations that are close to them with respect to the power base variable. Conversely, group members with low mean development tend to export to other nations that are distant from their own power base. The implication is that international policies relating to cooperation may have to consider high levels of variation among nations according to factors including power base and level of economic development. (DB)
Descriptors: Behavior Patterns, Behavioral Science Research, Conflict Resolution, Correlation, Economic Development, Factor Analysis, Foreign Policy, Interaction, International Organizations, International Relations, Models, National Norms, Political Attitudes, Regional Characteristics, Regional Cooperation, Statistical Analysis, Theories, World Affairs
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Peace Research Inst. Dundas (Ontario).
Note: For part one of the Canadian Collection, see ED 164 364; for other related documents, see SO 012 868-897. Best copy available.