The SAGE Handbook of Research Methods in Political Science and International Relations offers a comprehensive overview of research processes in social science - from the ideation and design of research projects, through the construction of theoretical arguments, to conceptualization, measurement, and data collection, and quantitative and qualitative empirical analysis - exposited through 65 major new contributions from leading international methodologists. Each chapter surveys, builds upon, and extends the modern state of the art in its area. Following through its six-part organization, undergraduate and graduate students, researchers and practicing academics will be guided through the design, methods, and analysis of issues in Political Science and International Relations: Part One: Formulating Good Research Questions and Designing Good Research Projects; Part Two: Methods of Theoretical Argumentation; Part Three: Conceptualization and Measurement; Part Four: Large-Scale Data Collection and Representation Methods; Part Five: Quantitative-Empirical Methods; Part Six: Qualitative and Mixed Methods.
Chapter 15: Models of Interstate Conflict
The application of formal models to the study of international conflict has a long history, from the days of models of arms races based on systems of differential equations and the invocation of two-by-two strategic form games to the widespread use of non-cooperative game theory over the last three decades. Rather than simply survey the range of models commonly employed in the literature these days, this essay seeks to aid the researcher who is constructing a formal model in the key decisions that any modeling project requires. Our target reader is one who does not have great experience using these methods, and so ...