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Comparative Foreign Policy Learning Package (ICPSR 5703)

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This study contains data on national attributes and international interactions for 114 nations in the 1960s. Containing data originally collected by the International Relations Program at Syracuse University, this learning package was developed to provide an introduction to comparative foreign policy analyses and a discussion of how to employ rigorous techniques to develop ideas about the causes and consequences of foreign policy. Data are provided for economic, political, domestic, and international interaction indicators. Included for each nation is information on the gross national product (GNP), level of trade, military expenditures, type of political system, character of political regime, size of diplomatic missions, population size, sociocultural classifications, alliance bloc memberships, number of contiguous countries, voting agreements with the United States, the Soviet Union, and India, the degree of support for the United Nations, and the number of cooperative or conflictual acts sent to and received from the United States, the Soviet Union, the region, and outside the region.

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McGowan, Patrick, and Michael O'Leary. Comparative Foreign Policy Learning Package. ICPSR05703-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1999. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR05703.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   economic indicators, foreign affairs, foreign policy, instruction, instructional materials, international conflict, international relations, political systems

Geographic Coverage:   Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Benin, Bolivia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, China (Peoples Republic), Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Gabon, Germany, Ghana, Global, Greece, Guatemala, Guinea, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Ivory Coast, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Laos, Lebanon, Liberia, Libya, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malaysia, Mali, Mauritius, Mexico, Morocco, Myanmar, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Niue, Norway, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Slovakia, Somalia, South Africa, South Korea, Soviet Union, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Venezuela, Vietnam (Socialist Republic), Yemen, Yugoslavia

Universe:   A total of 114 nations in the 1960s.

Data Types:   aggregate data


Data Source:

(1) Singer, David J., and Melvin Small. "National Political Units in the Twentieth Century: A Standardized List." AMERICAN POLITICAL SCIENCE REVIEW 62,3 (1968), 932-951, (2) Council of Foreign Relations. POLITICAL HANDBOOK AND ATLAS OF THE WORLD: PARLIAMENTS, PARTIES AND PRESS. New York, NY: Harper and Row, 1968, (3) Putnam, Robert. "Towards Explaining Military Interventions in Latin American Politics." WORLD POLITICS 20,1 (1967), 83-110, (4) Hoggard, Gary D., and James N. Rosenau. "Foreign Policy Behavior in Dyadic Relationships: Testing a Pre-Theoretical Extension." Paper Presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Studies Association, 1971, (5) United States Arms Control and Disarmament Agency. WORLD MILITARY EXPENDITURES, 1970. WASHINGTON, DC: United States Government Printing Office, 1971, (6) Alter, Chadwick F., and Steven J. Brams. "Patterns of Representation in National Capitals and Intergovernmental Organizations." WORLD POLITICS 19,10 (1967), 647-663, (7) United Nations. Statistical Office. STATISTICAL YEARBOOK, 1967. New York, NY: United Nations, 1968, (8) Gurr, Ted Robert. "A Comparative Study of Civil Strife." In Hugh Davis Graham and Ted Robert Gurr (eds.), THE HISTORY OF VIOLENCE IN AMERICA: HISTORICAL AND COMPARATIVE PERSPECTIVES. New York, NY: Bantam Books, 1969, pp. 628-630, (9) Bruce, Russett M. INTERNATIONAL REGIONS AND THE INTERNATIONAL SYSTEM: A STUDY IN POLITICAL ECOLOGY. Chicago, IL: Rand McNally, 1967, (10) Burton, John W. INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS: A GENERAL THEORY. Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press, 1967, (11) Brams, Steven J., and Michael K. O'Leary. "An Axiomatic Model of Voting Bodies." AMERICAN POLITICAL SCIENCE REVIEW 64 (1970), 449-470, (12) Brams, Steven J., and Michael K. O'Leary. "PROVOTE: A Computer Program for the Probabilistic Analysis of Voting Bodies." BEHAVIORAL SCIENCE 16 (1971), 261-263, (13) Clark, John F., Michael K. O'Leary, and Eugene Wittkopf. "National Attributes Associated With Dimensions of Support for the United Nations." INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION 25,1 (1971), 1-25, and (14) Rochester, Martin J. LEARNING PACKAGE 3: DYADIC DISPUTES BEFORE THE PERMANENT COURT OF INTERNATIONAL JUSTICE, THE INTERNATIONAL COURT OF JUSTICE, THE LEAGUE OF NATIONS, AND THE UNITED NATIONS: ANALYTICAL AND EMPIRICAL MATERIALS. Chicago, IL: Markham, 1971.


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