Inquiry, Logic, and International Politics [electronic resource] : With a New Preface by Harvey Starr / Benjamin A. Most and Harvey Starr ; with a new preface by Harvey Starr
- Most, Benjamin A., -1986
- Baltimore, Maryland : Project Muse, 2015 (Baltimore, Md. : Project MUSE, 2015)
Columbia, South Carolina : University of South Carolina Press  (Baltimore, Md. : Project MUSE, 2015)
- Physical Description:
- 1 online resource (1 PDF (xxx, 234 pages) :) illustrations
- Additional Creators:
- Starr, Harvey and Project Muse
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- 1. Introduction : cumulation, theory, and the logic of inquiry -- 2. Opportunity and willingness : a pre-theoretic framework -- 3. Basic logic and research design : conceptualization, case selection, and the form of relationships -- 4. Conceptualizing war : attributes and process -- 5. Foreign policy substitutability and "nice" laws : integrating process and theory -- 6. The logic of international structure : power, war, and micro-macro linkages -- 7. Conclusion : closure, cumulation, and international relations theory.
- Through the use of logic, simulation, and empirical data, Benjamin A. Most and Harvey Starr develop and demonstrate a nuanced and more appropriate conceptualization of explanation in international relations and foreign policy in Inquiry, Logic, and International Politics. They demonstrate that a concern with the logical underpinnings of research raises a series of theoretical, conceptual, and epistemological issues that must be addressed if theory and research design are to meet the challenges of cumulation in the study of international relations (or any area of social science). The authors argue for understanding the critical, yet subtle, interplay of the elements with a research triad composed of theory, logic, and method.
- Issued as part of book collections on Project MUSE.
- Bibliography Note:
- Includes bibliographical references (pages -227) and index.
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