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    Quantitative methods in peace research

    Smith, Ron P. (1998) Quantitative methods in peace research. Journal of Peace Research 35 (4), pp. 419-427. ISSN 0022-3433.

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    Abstract

    Quantitative methods are an important component of peace research, since many of the issues addressed are inherently quantitative - the frequency and intensity of conflict, or the determination of military expenditures, for instance. This article argues that quantitative peace research could be improved if authors put more emphasis on the substantive issues and less on the mechanical application of rule-based, statistical techniques. After some methodological discussion, seven questions are posed that quantitative researchers might ask themselves; an attempt is made to show why these questions are important. If quantitative peace researchers asked themselves these questions more often, the substantive contribution of quantitative peace research could be increased.

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    Item Type: Article
    School: School of Business, Economics & Informatics > Economics, Mathematics and Statistics
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 03 Nov 2020 20:07
    Last Modified: 30 Nov 2021 15:27
    URI: https://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/41135

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