Non-state actors in international politics: a theoretical framework

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Title: Non-state actors in international politics: a theoretical framework
Author: Paley, Abram Wil
Abstract: In recent years , there has been a burgeoning of studies related to international terrorism , many related to and resulting from current events and occurrences . However , the enterprise of terrorism scholarship within the framework of political science and international relations poses some interesting dilemmas for the discipline . While other topics in the field have received increasingly rigorous examination , the study of terrorism , comparatively , remains in a nascent stage . Though many of the tools of analysis from other areas of international relations scholarship can be re -applied tfi the study of terrorism , it appears that some must be modified and others discarded altogether . Instead of seeking to fit terrorists , and , indeed , other state actors , into the common rubric of international relations scholarship , I argue here that it is important to reconceptualize international interaction in light of the problems that such actors pose to traditional research . Thus , in the following thesis , I will explore the challenges the study of terrorism poses to researchers in the fields of international relations and political science . After discussing the theoretical foundations and quandaries of the study of international terrorism in political science , I will utilize these remarks as a groundwork for developing a game -theoretic model that incorporates some of these challenges and an econometric model to test some of its implications .
URI: http : / /hdl .handle .net /1969 .1 /ETD -TAMU -2365
Date: 2009-05-15

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Non-state actors in international politics: a theoretical framework. Available electronically from http : / /hdl .handle .net /1969 .1 /ETD -TAMU -2365 .

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