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  • New Explorations into International Relations: Democracy, Foreign Investment, Terrorism, and Conflict
  • Seung-Whan Choi
  • 2016
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  • Published by: University of Georgia Press
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This book addresses a range of issues surrounding the search for scientific truths in the study of international conflict and international political economy. Unlike empirical studies in other disciplines, says Seung-Whan Choi, many political studies seem more competent at presenting theoretical conjecture and hypotheses than they are at performing rigorous empirical analyses. When we study global issues like democratic institutions, flows of foreign direct investment, international terrorism, civil wars, and international conflict, we often uncritically adopt established theoretical frameworks and research designs. The natural assumption is that well-known and widely cited studies, once ingrained within the tradition of the discipline, should not be challenged or refuted.

However, do such noted research areas reflect scientific truth? Choi looks closely at ten widely cited empirical studies that represent well-known research programs in international relations. His discussions address such statistical and theoretical issues as endogeneity bias, model specification error, fixed effects, theoretical predictability, outliers, normality of regression residuals, and choice of estimation techniques. In addition, scientific progress made by remarkable discoveries usually results from finding a new way of thinking about long-held scientific truths, therefore Choi also demonstrates how one may search for novel ideas at minimal cost by developing new research designs with original data.

Here is a valuable resource for students, scholars, and policy makers who want to quickly grasp the evolutionary pattern of scientific research on democracy, foreign investment, terrorism, and conflict; build their research designs and choose appropriate statistical techniques; and identify their own agendas for the production of cutting-edge research.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Studies in Secuity and International Affairs Editorial and Advisory Board, Dedication, Epigraph
  2. pp. i-x
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. List of Tables and Figures
  2. pp. xiii-xvi
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xvii-xx
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. xxi-xxxiv
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  1. Part I: Double Take
  2. pp. 1-2
  1. Chapter 1. Democracy, Ethnicity, Religion, and Civil War: Endogeneity Bias
  2. pp. 3-27
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  1. Chapter 2. Capitalist Peace, Democratic Peace, and International War: Model Specification Errors
  2. pp. 28-41
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  1. Chapter 3. A Reanalysis of the Selectorate Model: Fixed Effects, Heteroskedasticity, and Autocorrelation
  2. pp. 42-52
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  1. Chapter 4. Examining the Predictability of the Selectorate Theory: Which Aspect of Democracy Explains Better, the Winning Coalition or Civil Liberties?
  2. pp. 53-73
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  1. Chapter 5. Democracy, Foreign Direct Investment, and Outliers
  2. pp. 74-89
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  1. Chapter 6. Explaining the Foreign Direct Investment-Democracy Controversy: Normality of Regression Residuals
  2. pp. 90-111
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  1. Chapter 7. Terrorism and Zero-Inflated Negative Binomial Regression: A Mismatch between Theory and Statistical Model
  2. pp. 112-118
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  1. Chapter 8. Democracy and Transnational Terrorism Revisited: Rule of Law
  2. pp. 119-142
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  1. Part II: Searching for New Ideas and Empirical Evidence
  2. pp. 143-144
  1. Chapter 9. Old Habits Die Hard: Leaders’ Prior Military Experience, Repression, and Civil War
  2. pp. 145-173
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  1. Chapter 10. Democracy, Status Quo, and Military Manpower Systems
  2. pp. 174-186
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  1. Chapter 11. Selectorate Theory, Democracy, and Terrorism: Null Results
  2. pp. 187-202
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  1. Chapter 12. The Political Economy of Foreign Direct Investment: Democracy, Economic Crisis, and Domestic Audience Benefits
  2. pp. 203-217
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  1. Chapter 13. The United States’ Use of Military Force and Terrorism
  2. pp. 218-240
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 241-250
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 251-270
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  1. References
  2. pp. 271-292
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 293-310
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780820349060
Related ISBN(s)
9780820349077
MARC Record
OCLC
945566976
Pages
344
Launched on MUSE
2016-04-23
Language
English
Open Access
No
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