PS442/5-.J.2 International Conflict
Midterm Exam # 1
February 21, 2008
Essays. Choose 2 of the following 3 essay questions and answer in as much detail as
possible. Use the s
A Scientic Test of the
Democratic Peace Proposition
Why use control variables?
-)Because certain variables may affect the
measurement of both the IV and the DV
-)Consider: an experimenter wants to know
the effects of temperature on bacteria
growth, and th
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An Analysis of Negotiated Settlements
The MID Project codebook (dated February 11, 2001 and
available on the Correlates of War 2 website) denes a
Puzzles and Theories of IR
I Why do nations sometimes cooperate with
each other and other times engage in
Neorealism and International Conict
Recall the criteria for evaluating a theory:
accuracy of predictions and logical
Why Do We Need Theory?
- We must make decisions based on what we
° Facts do not speak for themselves.
Too many facts to process.
- What relationship exists between the facts?
Evaluating Arguments About
- Theory helps
First, are all wars the same?
~ Global wars
Rasler and Thompson (1989) argue that the purpose
What Causes Wa r? of global wars is different, and these wars have a
tremendous impact on the system
- Long-term increase in expenditures and tax burd
(True or False. Mark a if the statement is true, and mark if the statement is false.
Each question is worth 2 points.)
Answer each of the following based on Vasquezs The War Puzzle.
26.) True or false war is a learned behavior.
27.) True or false, earl