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AuthorRittberger, Volker. author
TitleEvolution and International Organization [electronic resource] : Toward a New Level of Sociopolitical Integration / by Volker Rittberger
ImprintDordrecht : Springer Netherlands, 1973
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Descript 131 p. online resource


unlike the historical-descriptive or legalistic approaches still pervading the majority of publications on international organization, has an implicit (empirical-) theoretical orientation. As a concomitant development, Yalem notes an increasing methodological 6 sophistication among some students of international organization. However, except for some favorable comments on the evolving theory of international community formation, Yalem does not evaluate the contribution of the empirical-theory-cumยญ methodology literature to the study of international organization. More recently, Riggs and his associates (1970) and Alger (1960-70; 1970) have taken it upon themselves to do just this. The analysis of the impact of bthavioralism on the study of the United Nations system by Robert Riggs and his associates is a rather devastating indictment. Though demonstrating a concern to present balanced and qualified conclusions from their pemsal of the relevant literature, they summarize their assessment in the following statement: Behavioral research has probably been the most disappointing in the area of its central concern, that of theory-building. The grand theories tend to be heuristic in nature, divorced from the essential data base; and the best-supported proposiยญ tions have the natrowest theoretical significance. Despite its aims and pretensions, the approach has not yet produced a coherent set of explanatory propositions to bring order or scientific exactness to the study of international organization or any substantial segment of it (Riggs et al. , 1970: 230)


I: Introduction: Problems of Theory-Building in the Study of International Organization -- 1.1 Development of Research and Its Inadequacies -- 1.2 The Quest for New Directions in Theory Building -- 2: Sociocultural Evolution and Sociopolitical Organization -- 2.1 Research on the Changing Scale of Sociopolitical Organization -- 2.2 Sociocultural Evolution โ{128}{148} General and Specific Aspects -- 2.3 Evolution of Sociopolitical Organization -- 2.4 Analysis of the Evolutionary Process -- 3: The International Organization Level of Integration and Its Relationship to the Nation State -- 3.1 Structural Means of Integration at the International Organization Level -- 3.2 Interrelations Among Structural Dimensions of International Organization-Building and Patterns of Growth -- 3.3 International Organization and the Nation-State System -- 4: Industrial Civilization and the Causes of International Organization-Building -- 4.1 Theoretical Analysis -- 4.2 Empirical Domain and the Operationalization of Variables -- 4.3 Data Analysis -- 5: International Organization-Building and Integration Within the Global Context -- 5.1 The Dependent Variable: International Integration -- 5.2 Three Theories of International Integration -- 5.3 Data Analysis -- 6: Summary and Conclusions

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