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War Making and the Building of State Capacity: Expanding the Bivariate Relationship  

Karen A. Rasler and William R. Thompson

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Aug 2017
A central cleavage in the war making-state making literature is between advocates of the notion that warfare has been the principal path to developing stronger states and critics who argue ... More

Veto Player Approaches in Foreign Policy Analysis  

Kai Oppermann and Klaus Brummer

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Aug 2017
The main contribution of veto player approaches in Comparative Politics has been to the study of policy stability and change. Specifically, the argument is that the possibility and ... More

Understanding Government Behavior during Armed Conflict  

Cyanne E. Loyle

How and why do governments choose the strategies that they do during armed conflict? While there is a substantial body of research on the use of different tactics by governments and rebels ... More

240 Years of Foreign Policy Moods in a Democracy Which Grew Into a Superpower: What It Means for IR Theory  

Jack E. Holmes

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Aug 2017
In 1952, Frank L. Klingberg identified U.S. foreign policy moods since 1776 as alternating between an average of 21 years of introversion and 27 years of extroversion. The last extrovert ... More

State and Nonstate Armed Groups (NAGs) in International Relations Theory  

Belgin San-Akca

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Aug 2017
The international arena has been plagued with violence committed by a variety of Nonstate Armed Groups (NAGs), including ethnic and religious insurgents, terrorists, and revolutionaries, ... More

Social Media and Foreign Policy  

Trevor Rubenzer

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Aug 2017
Social media refer to websites and other Internet applications that enable users to create and share content with other users, as well as to react to such content in various ways. As ... More

Signaling in Foreign Policy  

Erik A. Gartzke, Shannon Carcelli, J Andres Gannon, and Jiakun Jack Zhang

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Aug 2017
Costly signaling offers a solution to many foreign policy dilemmas. Though most commonly studied in the context of the bargaining theory of war, signaling can also play an important role ... More

Regime Type and FDI: A Transaction Cost Economics Approach to the Debate  

Austin P. Johnson and Quan Li

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Aug 2017
A debate exists in international political economy on the relationship between regime type and foreign direct investment (FDI). The central point of contention focuses on whether ... More

Public Opinion and Foreign Policy  

Douglas Foyle

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Aug 2017
Dramatic changes in the way the public acquires information and formulates its attitudes have potentially altered the opinion and foreign policy relationship. While traditional approaches ... More

Power and National Capability  

Brian Crisher

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Aug 2017
Power is a crucial concept for international relations scholars. Of particular importance for those interested in understanding foreign policy is knowing how power manifests as national ... More

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