Field and Attribute Theories of Nation Behavior: Some Mathematical Interrelationships.
HAWAII UNIV HONOLULU DEPT OF POLITICAL SCIENCE
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Two theories that currently order the relationships between international relations and nation characteristics are field theory and attribute theory. Field theory asserts that the behavior of one nation towards another is a resultant of their differences and similarities to each other. Attribute theory, however, assumes that the total behavior of a nation is a consequence of its attributes. A mathematical relationship between both theories is shown to exist, whereby the parameters of field theory weighting the differences between nations equally for all nation actors are a simple function of the parameters of attribute theory giving the dependence of nation behavior on attributes. This relationship between both theories serves as a link through which the empirical statements of one theory can be subsumed by the other. Author
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