ERIC Number: ED193142
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
Attributes and National Behavior, Part 2: Modern International Relations Monograph Series. Distance Theory, Results for Cooperation, 1966-69, An Inventory of Findings.
Vincent, Jack E.
This monograph is a computer printout which presents a summary of a study in which distance theory was applied to World Event Interaction Survey (WEIS) conflict data to determine how conflict and cooperation flow in international relations systems. The specific focus of the study was on cooperative political, economic, cultural, and commercial interactions among 128 nations. Distance theory is an analytical approach to the study of international relations which implies that systems (nations, organizations, etc.) can be located in a multidimensional field and compared to other systems with regard to interaction and value variables. The comparison is measured in terms of distance above or below a given system with regard to scores on the same variables. In this study, distance theory was applied to a single index--the World Event Interaction Survey (WEIS) conflict data, which was created using the "New York Times" as a data source. Variables of particular interest were economic development, political stability, population density, duration of national independence, military power, power base, and health conditions. Models were created for all 128 states. Although there were marked differences among models with regard to economic, political, and cultural variables, findings indicated that some general statements could be made on the basis of additional statistical analysis. General conclusions included that (1) states that export conflict to states distant from them on the power base variable tend to be underdeveloped and small and to experience a high degree of domestic violence; (2) a high power base predicts high conflict exportation; and (3) lower economic development seems to reduce the tendency to export high conflict to other nations. (DB)
Descriptors: Behavior Patterns, Behavioral Science Research, Conflict Resolution, Correlation, Economic Development, Factor Analysis, Foreign Policy, Interaction, International Relations, Models, National Norms, Political Attitudes, Statistical Analysis, Summative Evaluation, 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.