Networks, Dyads, and the Social Relations Model


Journal Article

Quantitative international relations scholarship has focused on analysis of the so-called dyad. Few studies have given serious thought to the definition of a dyad, or to the implications that flow from such a conceptualization. This article argues that the current approach to dyadic analysis is necessarily incomplete and at times induces incoherent pictures of the ebb and flow of interactions among actors in global politics and economics. It presents the Social Relations Model as a systematic way of analyzing the dependencies inherent in dyadic data. The study uses this model to examine militarized interstate disputes from 1816 to 2001, the trade network of 2000 and reciprocity between enemies in the treatment of prisoners of war.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Dorff, C; Ward, MD

Published Date

  • December 2013

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 1 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 159 - 178

Published By

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 2049-8489

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 2049-8470

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1017/psrm.2013.21


  • en