ERIC Number: ED194377
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 Behavior, 1966-69.
Vincent, Jack E.
This monograph presents findings from an analysis of data on international conflict over a three-year period. Computer printout of the analysis is included. Part of a large scale research project to test various theories with regard to their ability to analyze international relations, this monograph reports on the testing of relative status field theory on WEIS conflict data for 1966-1969 for international 'underdogs' in respect to economic development but 'topdogs' in respect to power (UT behavior). WEIS conflict data (World Event Interaction Survey) is an index which was created using the "New York Times" as a data source. Field theory maintains that international relations 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. Relative status field theory presents a break with the status-field theory approach in that it argues that status relationships ought to be treated in relative terms. Scores on variables including domestic violence, population density, economic development, political stability, and power base were compared for approximately 130 nations to determine relative status. The method involved assigning a negative or positive parameter weight on each predictive factor (such as economic development) which indicated the kind of behavior engaged in by that nation relative to other states. A model for each state was generated based on variations of 'topdog'/'underdog' behavior--a combined'underdog'/'topdog' (UT) behavior in this analysis. Findings indicated that 'underdogs' in the system on economic development and 'topdogs' on power tend to export conflict to nations closest to them on these dimensions. Findings are based on a significance level of .05 or less. Policy implications of findings are discussed. (DB)
Descriptors: Behavior Patterns, Behavioral Science Research, Conflict, Conflict Resolution, Correlation, Discriminant Analysis, Economic Development, Factor Analysis, Foreign Policy, Interaction, International Relations, National Norms, Political Attitudes, Power Structure, 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 012 867-897. Best copy available.