ERIC Number: ED194387
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
Attributes and National Behavior, Part 2: Modern International Relations Monograph Series. Patterns of Conflict: Relative Status-Field Theory, TU Actors.
Vincent, Jack E.
This monograph presents the computer printout of 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 power in analyzing international relations, this monograph presents data on the application of discriminant function analysis to combined 'topdog' and 'underdog' behavior among nations (TU actors) in light of relative status field theory. The objectives are to show whether national behavioral tendencies tend to cluster and to determine whether any two nations or group of nations share the same behavior profiles. 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 economic development, political stability, and power base were compared for each nation to determine relative status. Field theory was applied to a single index for the three-year period in question--the WEIS conflict data (World Event Interaction Survey), 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 indicated the kind of behavior engaged in by that nation relative to other states. Nations were then assigned a status--a combined 'topdog' and 'underdog' (TU) in this analysis. Approximately 30 nations were assigned to TU actors status. Findings are based on a significance level of .05 or less. Policy implications of each finding 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, 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.