Models, Numbers, and Cases

Methods for Studying International Relations
Detlef F. Sprinz and Yael Wolinsky-Nahmias, Editors
A thorough guide to the complexities of international relations research, and an essential text for upper-level and graduate coursework


Scholars and students of international relations must contend with increasingly sophisticated methods for studying world politics. Models, Numbers, and Cases is a thorough assessment by the world's leading specialists of the three main approaches in international relations: case study, quantitative methods and formal methods. Clearly-written chapters address the most important methodological and theoretical issues in the field today, and demonstrate the practical application of these methods to three key subfields: international political economy, environmental policy, and security. The result is a model of rigorous methodological study and exacting substantive research. Models, Numbers, and Cases is a concise and valuable guide to the challenging terrain of contemporary international relations study.

Detlef Sprinz is a Senior Fellow at the Department of Global Change and Social Systems of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and teaches on the Faculty of Social Science at the University of Potsdam, Germany.

Yael Wolinsky-Nahmias is Senior Lecturer and Associate Chair in the Department of Political Science at Northwestern University.

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  • ". . . provides a state-of-the-art overview of research methods in international relations for students and scholars alike. The authors collectively demonstrate that there is a unity in the logic of research and a complementarity in the use of methods in international relations. Sprinz and Wolinsky-Nahmias have organized outstanding essays from a group of distinguished scholars into an unusually coherent volume."
    —David A. Lake, University of California, San Diego

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  • 6 x 9.
  • 424pp.
  • 31 tables.
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  • 2004
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  • 978-0-472-06861-6

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