Accession Number : AD0727157

Title :   A Field Theory of Dynamic International Processes.

Descriptive Note : Research rept.,

Corporate Author : HAWAII UNIV HONOLULU DEPT OF POLITICAL SCIENCE

Personal Author(s) : McCormick,David M.

Report Date : SEP 1969

Pagination or Media Count : 76

Abstract : The dissertation presents a theory of across time international processes as a function of the changing attribute relationships between interacting nations (dyads). It considers behavior as composed of two basic parts. The first is the trend of nation pairs toward relatively long term future levels of behavior, both cooperative and conflictful which may be either complex or simple. Second, the theory states that there exist more rapid temporary changes such as occasional violations of air space or visits of ambassadors which take the form of oscillations around the trend line. It is argued that nations which are similar to each other have clearer expectations of each other's behavior and resist deviations from these expectations more strongly than do nations which are different from each other. An attempt is made to fit an equation containing both trends and oscillations to six years of conflict data which will provide inferential evidence of the utility of the entire theory.

Descriptors :   (*GOVERNMENT(FOREIGN), INTERACTIONS), (*BEHAVIOR, FOREIGN POLICY), DYNAMICS, FIELD THEORY, MATHEMATICAL MODELS, OSCILLATION, STATISTICAL ANALYSIS

Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
      Psychology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE