Exploring operationalizations of political relevance

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

4 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

During the past decade, researchers have commonly employed one of two sets of interstate dyads as the population of cases in quantitative analyses of international conflict, choosing to examine either "all dyads" or "politically relevant dyads." The main argument against using the "all dyads" set is that it includes many dyads where there is no chance of conflict, and so analysts using this set are examining many pairs of states in which the hypotheses in question are irrelevant. The criticism of politically relevant dyads is that this set does not capture 15% to 20% of the actual conflicts that occur. In this paper I examine the current operationalization of "political relevance" to see whether the operationalization can be slightly modified and encompass all actual conflicts. If it could be, then use of the modified politically relevant dyad case subset might be more appropriate or have advantages over what is currently employed. I conclude that while it is possible to improve upon current operationalizations of political relevance (in terms of capturing conflicts), it is difficult to reach a 100% capture rate. It is also clear from the analysis that the various politically relevant operationalizations do better at capturing wars than militarized interstate disputes (MIDs), and do better at capturing the actions of MID and war originators than MID and war joiners.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)245-261
Number of pages17
JournalConflict Management and Peace Science
Volume23
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2006

Fingerprint

operationalization
dyad
international conflict
Operationalization
Dyads
criticism
Militarized interstate disputes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Political Science and International Relations

Cite this

@article{5545bfdbcde040ee89cae2d9a436a1c8,
title = "Exploring operationalizations of political relevance",
abstract = "During the past decade, researchers have commonly employed one of two sets of interstate dyads as the population of cases in quantitative analyses of international conflict, choosing to examine either {"}all dyads{"} or {"}politically relevant dyads.{"} The main argument against using the {"}all dyads{"} set is that it includes many dyads where there is no chance of conflict, and so analysts using this set are examining many pairs of states in which the hypotheses in question are irrelevant. The criticism of politically relevant dyads is that this set does not capture 15{\%} to 20{\%} of the actual conflicts that occur. In this paper I examine the current operationalization of {"}political relevance{"} to see whether the operationalization can be slightly modified and encompass all actual conflicts. If it could be, then use of the modified politically relevant dyad case subset might be more appropriate or have advantages over what is currently employed. I conclude that while it is possible to improve upon current operationalizations of political relevance (in terms of capturing conflicts), it is difficult to reach a 100{\%} capture rate. It is also clear from the analysis that the various politically relevant operationalizations do better at capturing wars than militarized interstate disputes (MIDs), and do better at capturing the actions of MID and war originators than MID and war joiners.",
author = "{Bennett, Jr.}, {David Scott}",
year = "2006",
month = "9",
day = "1",
doi = "10.1080/07388940600837748",
language = "English (US)",
volume = "23",
pages = "245--261",
journal = "Conflict Management and Peace Science",
issn = "0738-8942",
publisher = "SAGE Publications Inc.",
number = "3",

}

Exploring operationalizations of political relevance. / Bennett, Jr., David Scott.

In: Conflict Management and Peace Science, Vol. 23, No. 3, 01.09.2006, p. 245-261.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

TY - JOUR

T1 - Exploring operationalizations of political relevance

AU - Bennett, Jr., David Scott

PY - 2006/9/1

Y1 - 2006/9/1

N2 - During the past decade, researchers have commonly employed one of two sets of interstate dyads as the population of cases in quantitative analyses of international conflict, choosing to examine either "all dyads" or "politically relevant dyads." The main argument against using the "all dyads" set is that it includes many dyads where there is no chance of conflict, and so analysts using this set are examining many pairs of states in which the hypotheses in question are irrelevant. The criticism of politically relevant dyads is that this set does not capture 15% to 20% of the actual conflicts that occur. In this paper I examine the current operationalization of "political relevance" to see whether the operationalization can be slightly modified and encompass all actual conflicts. If it could be, then use of the modified politically relevant dyad case subset might be more appropriate or have advantages over what is currently employed. I conclude that while it is possible to improve upon current operationalizations of political relevance (in terms of capturing conflicts), it is difficult to reach a 100% capture rate. It is also clear from the analysis that the various politically relevant operationalizations do better at capturing wars than militarized interstate disputes (MIDs), and do better at capturing the actions of MID and war originators than MID and war joiners.

AB - During the past decade, researchers have commonly employed one of two sets of interstate dyads as the population of cases in quantitative analyses of international conflict, choosing to examine either "all dyads" or "politically relevant dyads." The main argument against using the "all dyads" set is that it includes many dyads where there is no chance of conflict, and so analysts using this set are examining many pairs of states in which the hypotheses in question are irrelevant. The criticism of politically relevant dyads is that this set does not capture 15% to 20% of the actual conflicts that occur. In this paper I examine the current operationalization of "political relevance" to see whether the operationalization can be slightly modified and encompass all actual conflicts. If it could be, then use of the modified politically relevant dyad case subset might be more appropriate or have advantages over what is currently employed. I conclude that while it is possible to improve upon current operationalizations of political relevance (in terms of capturing conflicts), it is difficult to reach a 100% capture rate. It is also clear from the analysis that the various politically relevant operationalizations do better at capturing wars than militarized interstate disputes (MIDs), and do better at capturing the actions of MID and war originators than MID and war joiners.

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=33747748214&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=33747748214&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1080/07388940600837748

DO - 10.1080/07388940600837748

M3 - Review article

VL - 23

SP - 245

EP - 261

JO - Conflict Management and Peace Science

JF - Conflict Management and Peace Science

SN - 0738-8942

IS - 3

ER -