ERIC Number: ED193146
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 Conflict, UT 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 conflict over a three-year period. Part of a large scale research project to test various theories with regard to their ability to analyze international relations, this monograph presents the computer printout of data on the application of discriminant function analysis of 'underdog' and 'topdog' behavior among nations (UT actors) in light of 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. Field theory was applied to a single index for the three year period in question--the World Event Interaction Survey (WEIS) conflict data, which was created using the "New York Times" as a data source. The method involved assigning a negative or positive parameter weight on each predictive factor (such as economic development) which indicates the kind of behavior engaged in by that stage relative to other states. Nations were then assigned a status--underdog/topdog (UT) in this analysis. 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.