Fully revised and reorganized by Anna Getmansky and Alejandro Quiroz Flores to fit the exciting new edition of Bruce Bueno de Mesquita's Principles of International Politics, this accompanying workbook continues to feature class-tested, user-friendly exercises that walk students through the building blocks of the strategic method, ensuring that even novice students have the opportunity to develop and hone their problem-solving skills and can successfully apply what they have learned in the text. The fifth edition of Applying the Strategic Perspective: Problems and Models, Workbook introduces students to a wide range of problems so that they master basic principles as well as test their capabilities with more challenging material. Easy for students to use, and with perforated pages for turning in assignments, the workbook also comes with a solutions manual for instructors.
Chapter 1: Evaluating Arguments about International Politics
Evaluating Arguments about International Politics
Exercise 1-1. Developing a Theory
- Suppose you are writing a scientific article about the NBA draft. You are interested in developing a theory about which players are more likely to get drafted by an NBA team. In one paragraph, specify your assumption(s), apply basic logic, and generate a prediction (or predictions) about which features make players more likely to be drafted by an NBA team.
- What is the dependent variable in your theory?
- What is (are) the independent variable(s) in your theory?
- How would you test your theory empirically? What evidence would falsify your theory? What evidence would support your theory?
Exercise 1-2. Developing a Theory in International Relations—the Case of Economic Sanctions