Investigation into the causes of international conflict has in many ways formed the central locus of the early work in the scientific investigation of world politics. This edited volume contains the most recent quantitative work in this area, reflecting the current state of the field in the topics addressed, the data utilized and the methods employed.
The book is divided into three parts, presenting first some recent contributions to the work on the causes of international conflict, set in the context of realist theories. The second part addresses issues relating to data, methods and cases used to analyze international conflict, while the third part presents some examples of the use of a variety of different methods to answer questions relating to issues which engage international relations scholars today. The chapters focus on a variety of pertinent topics, and include discussions of important innovations in our ability to analyze conflict, such as the introduction of the Militarized Interstate Dispute (MID) data.
Introduction Glenn Palmer Part 1: Contributions to the Understanding of the Causes of Conflict Multiparty Disputes and the Probability of War, 1816-1992 Karen K. Petersen, John A. Vasquez and Yijia Wang. Comparing New Theory with Prior Beliefs: Market Civilization and the Democratic Peace Michael Mousseau. Testing Competing Institutional Explanations of the Democratic Peace: The Case of Dispute Duration Bruce Bueno de Mesquita, Michael T. Koch and Randolph M. Siverson Part 2: How to Study Conflict: Data and Methods The MID3 Data Set, 1993-2001: Procedures, Coding Rules, and Description Faten Ghosn, Glenn Palmer and Stuart A. Bremer. Danger Beyond Dyads: Third-Party Participants in Militarized Interstate Disputes Renato Corbetta and William J. Dixon. Dangerous Dyads Revisited: Democracies May Not Be That Peaceful after All Halvard Buhaug. Assessing the Dyadic Approach to Interstate Conflict Processes: A.k.a. "Dangerous" Dyad Years Sarah E. Croco and Tze Kwang Teo Part 3: Conflict, Survival and Political Issues Was Leo Durocher Right? Do "Nice States" Finish Last?" Richard J. Stoll. Balancing against Extinction: Alliance Politics among Non-State Actors Douglas Lemke. Chinese Acquisition of the Spratly Archipelago and Its Implications for the Future Paul D. Senese. Negotiations, Guns and Money: Do Constrained Leaders Do Better? Faten Ghosn, Tamar R. London and Glenn Palmer