The Oxford Encyclopedia of Empirical International Relations Theory

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Empirical International Relations Theory

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Empirical International Relations Theory provides an authoritative overview of the central approaches, methodologies, and topics of empirical international relations theory. Through over 150 entries by leading scholars, it examines the connections and gaps between theory, method, and empirical examination. The encyclopedia features research streams that focus on international relations theories that are testable, whether through numerical operationalizations, case studies, or a combination of quantitative and qualitative methods. All of the articles appear online as part of the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Politics.

Editor in Chief

 William R. Thompson, Indiana University


The Aftermaths of Civil Conflicts (Jaclyn M. Johnson, Clayton L. Thyne)
Akamatsu Waves (Arno Tausch, Leonid Grinin, Andrey Korotayev)
Civil War from a Transnational Perspective (Kristian Skrede Gleditsch)
Civil War Termination (Caroline A. Hartzell)
Conflict, Regions, and Regional Hierarchies (Thomas J. Volgy, Jon Patrick Rhamey, Jr., Kelly Marie Gordell, Paul Bezerra)
Coup-Proofing and Civil War (Jun Koga Sudduth)
Democratization and Conflict (Ömer Faruk Örsün, Reşat Bayer)
Diffusion in International Politics (Alex Braithwaite, Sangmi Jeong)
Economic Interdependence and Conflict (Hyo Joon Chang, Scott L. Kastner)
The Effectiveness of Peacekeeping Operations (Jessica Di Salvatore, Andrea Ruggeri)
Empirical Analyses of Deterrence (Stephen L. Quackenbush)
Empirical Knowledge on Foreign Military Intervention (Jeffrey Pickering, David F. Mitchell)
Foundations of Power Transition Theory (Ronald L. Tammen, Jacek Kugler, Douglas Lemke)
Fractionalization and Civil War (Kathleen Gallagher Cunningham)
Gender Inequality and Internal Conflict (Erika Forsberg, Louise Olsson)
The Geography of Civil War (Andrew M. Linke)
Geopolitics, Geography, and War (Christopher J. Fettweis)
International Norm Change (Wayne Sandholtz)
Leaders and Foreign Policy: Surveying the Evidence (Stephen Benedict Dyson, Thomas Briggs)
The Logics of Systemic Theory (Bear F. Braumoeller, Benjamin Campbell)
Long Cycle and World-Systems Theoretical Research Programs (Christopher Chase-Dunn, Hiroko Inoue)
Managing Internationalized Civil Wars (Erin K. Jenne, Milos Popovic)
Measuring Violations of Human Rights Standards (Mark Gibney, Reed M. Wood, Linda Cornett, Peter Haschke, Daniel Arnon)
National Secession (Philip G. Roeder)
Natural Resources, Climate Change, and Conflict (Vally Koubi, Gabriele Spilker)
Perfect Deterrence Theory (Frank C. Zagare)
The Poliheuristic Theory of Political Decision-Making (Alex Mintz, Steven B. Redd, Eldad Tal-Shir)
Pro-Government Militias and Conflict (Sabine C. Carey, Neil J. Mitchell)
Rediscovering Reputation Through Theory and Evidence (Mark J. C. Crescenzi, Bailee Donahue)
Research Findings on the Evolution of Peacekeeping (Theodora-Ismene Gizelis, Han Dorussen, Marina Petrova)
The Selectorate Theory and International Politics (Randolph M. Siverson, Bruce Bueno de Mesquita)
Soft Balancing (Huiyun Feng, Kai He)
Suicide Terrorism Theories (Susanne Martin, Ami Pedahzur)
Theories of Interstate Peace (Paul F. Diehl, Gary Goertz)
Toward an Evolutionary Theory of International Relations (Rose McDermott, Christian Davenport)
War Termination (Carmela Lutmar, Lesley Terris)