Conflict, War, and Peace
An Introduction to Scientific Research
- Sara McLaughlin Mitchell - University of Iowa, USA
- John A. Vasquez - University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA, Colgate University, USA
August 2013 | 440 pages | CQ Press
Introducing students to the scientific study of peace and war, this exciting new reader provides an overview of important and current scholarship in this dynamic area of study. Focusing on the factors that shape relationships between countries and that make war or peace more likely, this collection of articles by top scholars explores such key topics as dangerous dyads, alliances, territorial disputes, rivalry, arms races, democratic peace, trade, international organizations, territorial peace, and nuclear weapons. Each article is followed by the editors’ commentary: a “Major Contributions” section highlights the article’s theoretical advances and relates each study to the broader literature, while a “Methodological Notes” section carefully walks students through the techniques used in the analysis. Methodological topics include research design, percentages, probabilities, odds ratios, statistical significance, levels of analysis, selection bias, logit, duration models, and game theory models.
Part I: Overview
Sara McLaughlin Mitchell and John A. Vasquez
Stuart A. Bremer
2. Dangerous Dyads: Conditions Affecting the Likelihood of Interstate War, 1816-1965
Part II: Dangerous Dyads
Paul R. Hensel, Sara McLaughlin Mitchell, Thomas E. Sowers II, and Clayton L. Thyne
3. Bones of Contention: Comparing Territorial, Maritime, and River Issues
Brett Ashley Leeds
4. Alliances and the Expansion and Escalation of Militarized Interstate Disputes
James P. Klein, Gary Goertz, and Paul F. Diehl
5. The New Rivalry Dataset: Procedures and Patterns
Susan G. Sample
6. The Outcomes of Military Buildups: Minor States vs. Major Powers
Paul D. Senese and John A. Vasquez
7. Assessing the Steps to War
Sara McLaughlin Mitchell and Brandon C. Prins
8. Rivalry and Diversionary Uses of Force
Part III: Peaceful Dyads
John R. Oneal and Bruce Russett
9. The Kantian Peace: The Pacific Benefits of Democracy, Interdependence, and International Organizations, 1885-1992
10. Economic Interdependence: A Path to Peace or a Source of Interstate Conflict?
11. A Unified Statistical Model of Conflict Onset and Escalation
Douglas M. Gibler
12. Bordering on Peace: Democracy, Territorial Issues, and Conflict
Victor Asal and Kyle Beardsley
13. Proliferation and International Crisis Behavior
Part IV: Outcomes & Consequences of War
14. The Precarious Nature of Peace: Resolving the Issues, Enforcing the Settlement, and Renegotiating the Terms
Bruce Bueno de Mesquita and Randolph M. Siverson
15. War and the Survival of Political Leaders: A Comparative Study of Regime Types and Political Accountability
This is a significant volume that adds to the extension of sphere of conflict analysis and includes the debates on conflict dyads and various pre-conflict factors and risk games .
Comparative Politics, State Univ -Higher School of Economics
June 26, 2015
A great all round text, very detailed and ideal for students studying at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.
Social Work Department, Liverpool Hope University
July 24, 2015
Excellent applied methodology text.
Examples pertinent and relevant.
Political Science , Trinity College Dublin
April 16, 2014