Regime Consequences: Methodological Challenges and Research Strategies

A. Underdal, Oran R. Young

Regime Consequences: Methodological Challenges and Research Strategies has a long and distinguished pedigree. It is the product of an effort to devise clear and unambiguous methods for demonstrating that international regimes make a difference stretching back at least to the early 1990s. What has transpired in the meantime is the development of a suite of useful techniques of analysis rather than the creation of a single, correct methodology for use in this field of study. Our assumption is that we can be relatively confident regarding assessments of the consequences of individual regimes when those employing a variety of methods converge on the same conclusions. When different methods yield divergent conclusions, on the other hand, we can take this as a signal that more work is needed to arrive at convincing judgments regarding the consequences of the regimes in question.

This volume concentrates on matters of methodology, modeling, and measurement. It is not likely to become a best seller. Yet the issues it addresses are critical to the fate of regime analysis. If we can make substantial headway in efforts to evaluate regime consequences, the future of this field of study will be bright. If not, regime analysis will go the way of many other fashions in the study of international relations. As a result, we expect this book to be read and referred to frequently both by established scholars in the field and by graduate students seeking guidance in the development of topics for their theses.

ISBN-13: 9781402020704
Publisher: Springer Netherlands
Publication date: 12/20/2004
Edition description: 2004
Edition number: 1
Pages: 394


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