ERIC Number: ED194392
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Attributes and National Behavior, Part 2: Modern International Relations Monograph Series. Patterns of Cooperation: Relative Status-Field Theory, UU Actors.
Vincent, Jack E.
This monograph presents an analysis of data on international cooperation 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 the computer printout of data on the application of second stage factor analysis of 'underdog' behavior among nations (UU actors) in light of relative status field theory. The objective was to determine whether international cooperative behavioral tendencies clustered. For example, if a nation tended to export cooperation to other nations close above it in respect to economic development, would it also tend to do so in respect to power base? 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. Scores on variables including domestic violence, economic development, political stability, population density, duration of national independence, colonial experience, military power, power base, and health conditions are 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 by that nation relative to other states. Nations were then assigned a status--'underdog' (UU) in this analysis. 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. (DB)
Descriptors: Behavior Patterns, Behavioral Science Research, Cooperation, Cooperative Programs, Correlation, Discriminant Analysis, Economic Development, Factor Analysis, Foreign Policy, Interaction, International Relations, Measurement Techniques, 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 012 867-896. Best copy available.