Issue Dimensions in the 1963 United Nations General Assembly.
Research rept. for Mar 69,
HAWAII UNIV HONOLULU DEPT OF POLITICAL SCIENCE
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The research employed factor analysis to extract the issue patterns and voting groups for the 1963 General Session of the United Nations. In addition, a hierarchical grouping technique was applied for comparison with the groups derived from the factor model, and comparisons were made with other empirical studies of United Nations voting. A missing vote estimation procedure relying entirely upon the structure of the data was employed. Analysis of roll calls revealed four large issue dimensions which together account for 78 percent of the total voting variance. Factor analysis of voting similarities matrices and hierarchical grouping showed that the Communist voting bloc was the most cohesive. The United States consistently appears to be torn by conflicting interests and does not show an issue alignment with any set of nations. The Western and Communist groups were distinguished from each other largely in their voting on Cold War related questions. Author
- Government and Political Science