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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

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