- The Oxford Handbooks of Political Science
- About the Contributors
- Between Utopia and Reality: The Practical Discourses of International Relations
- The State and International Relations
- From International Relations to Global Society
- The Point is Not Just to Explain the World but to Change It
- A Disabling Discipline?
- Eclectic Theorizing in the Study and Practice of International Relations
- The Ethics of Realism
- The Ethics of Marxism
- Neoliberal Institutionalism
- The Ethics of Neoliberal Institutionalism
- The New Liberalism
- The Ethics of the New Liberalism
- The English School
- The Ethics of the English School
- The Ethics of Constructivism
- Critical Theory
- The Ethics of Critical Theory
- The Ethics of Postmodernism
- The Ethics Of Feminism
- Methodological Individualism and Rational Choice
- Sociological Approaches
- Psychological Approaches
- Quantitative Approaches
- Case Study Methods
- Historical Methods
- International Political Economy
- Strategic Studies
- Foreign‐Policy Decision‐Making
- International Ethics
- International Law
- Scholarship and Policy‐Making: Who Speaks Truth to Whom?
- International Relations: The Relevance of Theory to Practice
- International Relations from Below
- International Relations Theory from a Former Hegemon
- The Concept of Power and the (Un)discipline of International Relations
- Locating Responsibility: The Problem of Moral Agency in International Relations
- Big Questions in the Study of World Politics
- The Failure of Static and the Need for Dynamic Approaches to International Relations
- Six Wishes for a More Relevant Discipline of International Relations
- Name Index
- Subject Index
Abstract and Keywords
This article surveys quantitative research on international relations, tracking its development and assessing the contribution that this body of literature has made. The aim is to analyze how quantitative work has informed some key debates in the field of international relations. It concludes with three observations about the use of these methods. First, quantitative analyses are now increasingly common in the field. The use of statistical techniques started during the Cold War, but the end of the superpower rivalry corresponded with a sharp increase in both the amount of quantitative research and the topics on which this research focused. Secondly, concomitant to the general rise of statistical approaches in the discipline and the end of the Cold War, researchers became increasingly interested in the roles of domestic politics and international institutions in shaping global outcomes. Thirdly, and most importantly, while some continue to criticize quantitative approaches as atheoretical, statistical work in the field of international relations has advanced our empirical understanding and has pushed theoretical boundaries.
Edward D. Mansfield is the Hum Rosen Professor of Political Science and Director of the Christopher H. Browne Center for International Politics at the University of Pennsylvania.
Jon C. Pevehouse is Associate Professor at the Irving B. Harris School of Public Policy, University of Chicago.
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