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The Two-Good Theory in Practice: From Abstract Generalization to Specific Inference  

T. Clifton Morgan and Glenn Palmer

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Apr 2017
The “two-good theory” is a theory of foreign policy that is meant to apply to all states in all situations; that is, it is general. The theory is simple and assumes that states pursue two ... More

240 Years of Foreign Policy Moods in a Democracy Which Grew into a Superpower: What it Means for IR Theory?  

Jack E. Holmes

This is an advance summary of a forthcoming article in the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Politics. Please check back later for the full article. In 1952, ... More

Two-Level Games in Foreign Policy Analysis  

Eugénia da Conceição-Heldt and Patrick Mello

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Jun 2017
Whether in multilateral negotiations or bilateral meetings, government leaders regularly engage in “two-level games” played simultaneously at the domestic and the international level. From ... More

Typology of Media Systems  

Daniel C. Hallin

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Aug 2016
Typologies are a central tool of comparative analysis in the social sciences. Typologies identify common patterns in the relationships among elements of media systems and wider social ... More

Unipolarity: The Shaky Foundation of a Fashionable Concept  

James H. Lebovic

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May 2017
Since the Cold War’s end, academics and policy analysts alike have described the international system as unipolar. The term’s use appears well grounded. The United States possesses ... More

Use of Force in Foreign Policy  

Stephen L. Quackenbush and Thomas R. Guarrieri

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Jul 2017
Foreign policy analysis has been used effectively to explain the use of force. Several leading approaches and paradigms help explain the use of force as a tool of foreign policy. These ... More

Using Experiments to Understand How Agency Influences Media Effects  

Kevin Arceneaux and Martin Johnson

Students of public opinion tend to focus on how exposure to political media, such as news coverage and political advertisements, influences the political choices that people make. However, ... More

Veto Player Approaches in Foreign Policy Analysis  

Kai Oppermann and Klaus Brummer

This is an advance summary of a forthcoming article in the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Politics. Please check back later for the full article. The main ... More

Vicissitudes of Emotions and Political Action During the Greek Crisis  

Bettina Davou

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May 2017
Action readiness is considered a central property of emotions in most psychological theories. Emotions are the engine of behavior. They are the motivating, directing, prioritizing function ... More

Voting Choice and Rational Choice  

Anthony McGann

Rational choice theory may seem like a separate theoretical approach with its own forbidding mathematics. However, the central assumptions of rational choice theory are very similar to ... More

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