ERIC Number: ED193150
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
Attributes and National Behavior, Part 2: Modern International Relations Monograph Series. Patterns of Conflict: Social Field Theory.
Vincent, Jack E.
This monograph is a computer printout which presents a study in which patterns of conflict among nations were analyzed according to social field theory. This theory maintains that international relations is a field which consists of all the attributes and interactions of nations, can be analytically divided into attributes and behavior, and exhibits dyad formations (interactions between two nations) in matters of behavior. The monograph is part of a large scale research project undertaken to test various theories (attribute theory, distance theory, and relative status-field theory, in addition to social field theory) with regard to their ability to analyze international relations. All theories are tested on the World Event Interaction Survey (WEIS) conflict data for 1966 to 1969, which was created using the "New York Times" as a data source. In this monograph, second stage factor analysis is applied to the parameter weights for conflictual behavior among more than 100 nations (and over 16,000 dyadic relationships) using social field theory. All of the independent variables treated (economic development, population density, political stability, military power, health conditions, domestic violence, etc.) are factors--that is, composite indexes generated out of a number of related variables, using the technique of factor analysis. When social field theory is applied, each nation receives a negative or positive parameter weight on each predictive factor. The objective is to determine whether behavioral tendencies toward conflict tend to cluster. For example, if a nation tends to export conflict to other nations close below it in respect to non-competetive political systems, does it also tend to do so in respect to population density? In addition to computer printout, the document includes a bibliography and a table of contens of all monographs in the research study. (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.