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- DescriptionThis book addresses a range of issues surrounding the search for scientific truths in the study of international conflict and international political ecomy. 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-kwn and widely cited studies, once ingrained within the tradition of the discipline, should t be challenged or refuted. However, do such ted research areas reflect scientific truth? Choi looks closely at ten widely cited empirical studies that represent well-kwn research programs in international relations. His discussions address such statistical and theoretical issues as endogeneity bias, model specification error, fixed effects, theoretical predictability, outliers, rmality 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 vel 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.
- Author BiographySeung-Whan Choi is Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Illinois at Chicago, USA.
- Author(s)Seung-Whan Choi
- PublisherUniversity of Georgia Press
- Date of Publication30/01/2016
- LanguageEnglish & English
- SubjectInternational Relations
- Series TitleStudies in Security and International Affairs
- Place of PublicationGeorgia
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Georgia Press
- Content Note52 black & white images
- Weight676 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine24 mm
- Series Edited byScott A. Jones,William W. Keller
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