ERIC Number: ED193145
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
Attributes and National Behavior, Part 2: Modern International Relations Monograph Series. Relative Status-Field Theory, Results for Cooperation, TU Actors, 1966-1969, An Inventory of Findings.
Vincent, Jack E.
This monograph is a computer printout which presents findings from an analysis of data on international cooperation over a three-year period. The document is part of a large scale research project to test various theories with regard to their ability to analyze international relations. In this monograph, data are analyzed according to relative status field theory. Field theory maintains that international relations consists of all the attributes and interactions of nations and their complex interrelationships, can be analytically divided into attributes and behavior, and exhibits dyad formations (interactions between two nations) in matters of behavior. Scores on variables are then compared for each nation to determine relative status. The analysis presented in this monograph indicates the results that occur when positive type behavior nation exporters are compared to negative type behavior nation exporters. Social field theory was applied to a single index for the three year period in question--World Event Interaction Survey (WEIS) conflict data which was created using the "New York Times" as a data source. The method involved when applying social field theory to WEIS conflict data included assigning a negative or positive parameter weight on each predictive factor (such as economic development) which indicates the kind of behavioral exportation engaged in by that state relative to other states. Variables of particular interest included domestic violence, economic development, political stability, population density, duration of national independence, colonial experience, military power, power base, and health conditions. All of the independent variables treated are factors--that is, composite indexes generated out of a number of related variables using the technique of factor analysis. Findings are based on a significance level of .05 or less. Policy implications of each finding are discussed. (DB)
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.