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Heeding Ray's Advice: An Exegesis on Control Variables in Systemic Democratic Peace Research
Conflict Management and Peace Science
  • Kelly M Kadera, University of Iowa
  • Sara McLaughlin Mitchell, University of Iowa
Document Type
Article
Peer Reviewed
1
Publication Date
1-1-2005
DOI of Published Version
10.1080/07388940500339191
Abstract
We submit our recent systemic democratic peace research to the control variable doctrine of James Lee Ray, as codified in his 2003 treatise. In particular, we seek to determine whether international institutions intervene in the relationship between the democratic community's strength and the use and effectiveness of third party conflict management, whether hegemony is a competing explanation of third party settlement, and whether our extant model is robust when several control variables are specified. Two important conclusions are reached: (1) the democratic community's strength and institutional vitality promote third party mediation and its success, regardless of hegemonic might and other controls; and 2) Ray's teaching is properly understood as an exhortation for scholars to more carefully consider the theoretical role of each control variable and its proper treatment in statistical models, not as an edict banning the use of control variables.
Keywords
  • democratic peace,
  • control variables,
  • systemic analysis,
  • third parties,
  • conflict management,
  • hegemony
Journal Article Version
Author's Original
Published Article/Book Citation
Conflict Management and Peace Science, 22:4 (2005), pp. 311-326 DOI: 10.1080/07388940500339191
Rights
Copyright © 2005 Peace Science Society (International). Used by permission.
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Citation Information
Kelly M Kadera and Sara McLaughlin Mitchell. "Heeding Ray's Advice: An Exegesis on Control Variables in Systemic Democratic Peace Research" Conflict Management and Peace Science Vol. 22 Iss. 4 (2005) p. 311 - 326 ISSN: 0738-8942
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/kelly_kadera/1/