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By using good judgment, simulation, and empirical information, Benjamin A. so much and Harvey Starr enhance and show a nuanced and extra applicable conceptualization of rationalization in diplomacy and overseas coverage in Inquiry, good judgment, and overseas Politics. They display predicament with the logical underpinnings of study increases a sequence of theoretical, conceptual, and epistemological matters that has to be addressed if conception and examine layout are to fulfill the demanding situations of cumulation within the research of diplomacy (or any region of social science). The authors argue for realizing the severe, but sophisticated, interaction of the weather with a study triad composed of conception, common sense, and technique.

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The juggler image indicates that logic, theory, and method are all necessary. Logic ties theory and methodology together, each of which informs and shapes the application of that logic. Theory and analysis are ideally aimed at helping us make broader statements and deduce more general relationships, processes and dynamics. That is, theory and analysis are aimed at helping us make more informed comparative statements about what evidence, analyzed in terms of different theories/models, or developed using various types of research designs and approaches, constitutes an adequate basis for drawing such inferences.

In the following chapters we argue that most of the phenomena that we are interested in understanding are outcomes of processes. We demonstrate that it is not possible to recover such processes by focusing on the attributes of any single participant or on linear/additive combinations of all participants. 9 Introduction Integrative cumulation, thus, also implies that the study of international relations phenomena is as much a process as the phenomena itself. Thinking of the study of international political phenomena as a process, whether in terms of Lakatos's successive problem-shifts, Rosenau's evolution of puzzles, or Lave and March's (1975) steps for the development of disciplined speculation, aids in the search for better theory.

That is, opportunity and willingness are pre-theoretical in that they represent conceptions and clarifications that are preliminary, but required, before the development of more sophisticated theories of international politics. Boynton (1982:38) notes the importance of such ordering concepts: "First, the ideas of a science prescribe how to look at empirical phenomena. The empirical world is just what it is. One might speak of either divining or imposing on the stuff of experience the order we seek.

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