A Status-Field Theory of International Relations
HAWAII UNIV HONOLULU DEPT OF POLITICAL SCIENCE
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Two theories and considered which are current in theoretical and empirical international relations research. One is field theory, based on the idea that nation similarities and differences cause international behavior. The other is status theory, derived largely from the sociological status literature, which argues that international behavior is cased by status rank and disequilibrium. Both can be combined to postulate that status dependent, dyadic, cooperative, and conflict behavior of economically developed nations is inversely related to their power differences and that such behavior of economically underdeveloped nations is inversely related to their economic development differences.
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