“Power”

falling into the category of ‘intuitively simple, deceptively complex’ for the study of international relations is the concept of power. It can be relatively easy to get a feel for different power relationships- but to quantify this- to measure it in a meaningful way can be tricky. I’ve yet to hear a satisfactory definition of ‘power’ on the international stage. (like terrorism and pornography plenty of people have said that you know it when you see it, but I think we can do better than that).  Below are some places that I would start if I were attempting to measure power.  Obviously, without a precise definition it will be difficult to know which areas are most important- not an exhaustive list- but maybe a good start.

CORRELATES OF WAR PROJECT: INTERNATIONAL AND CIVIL WAR DATA, 1816-1992

WAR-PEACE MODULE

CONFLICT MANAGEMENT BY INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS, 1945-1970

Local Conflict data

THE POLITICAL DETERMINANTS OF INTERNATIONAL TRADE: THE MAJOR POWERS, 1907-90

POWER POSITIONS: INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS, SOCIAL NETWORKS, AND CONFLICT

Defense Budgets

CHOOSING HOW TO COOPERATE: A REPEATED PUBLIC-GOODS MODEL OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

TERMINATING ALLIANCES: WHY DO STATES ABROGATE AGREEMENTS?

 

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