Compare the strength of cartels with foreign policy in some subset of Latin Amer
Compare the strength of cartels with foreign policy in some subset of Latin American countries and figure out how to measure both variables
The research paper constitutes 100 percent of the course grade and is due on Canvas by the end of Week 6. It should contain the following sections: title page, abstract, introduction, literature review, research design, analysis and assessment, conclusion, and bibliography.
The paper should be based on logical and factual evidence. It could be cross-sectional at one point in time or longitudinal at different points in time. But students should avoid choosing a topic about current or future events since relevant theory and/or data may be limited. And they should avoid making the paper overly complicated. Above all else, students should choose a topic relating to international relations that seems important and interesting.
Each section of the research paper should be a complete whole that contains distinct information. In other words, writing the paper is like writing several smaller papers that are closely related. The best way to proceed is typically section by section with a meaningful transition from one section to the next. Refer to Table 1.1 in the textbook.
There are two general types of research paper. The author of the textbook differentiates between thesis and M&H (model and hypothesis) (tasks 4 and 8, p. 8-9) (p. 180-181), between logical and correlational (p. 11), between non-causal and causal with data (p. 12), and between normative and empirical (p.110). And she makes a similar distinction between qualitative with subpoints, subclaims, or subsidiary arguments (p. 109, 190) and quantitative with discrete or continuous data (p. 202).
The research paper must answer a theoretical research question. Possible answers should be considered in an outline of scholarly work including books and peer reviewed academic journal articles. The outline is similar to an annotated bibliography associating authors and concepts but is not itself included as part of the paper. Instead, alternative answers to the research question are cited and discussed in the literature review section.
Next comes the research design followed by the analysis and assessment. The variables identified in the literature review should be classified as independent variables or causes, dependent variables or effects, and control variables or constants. The broad variables should then be operationalized using logical arguments, historical evidence, and/or specific measures. Temperature is, for example, a variable whereas Fahrenheit (or Celsius) is a measure.
Typical methodologies include case study with a single case, a comparative study with a few cases, a statistical study with many cases, and game theory. But regardless of method, a theory must be assessed (or proposed if process tracing is used). The research question should be asked in the introduction and answered in the conclusion.
Attention should be paid to proper spelling and grammar. And all ideas should be expressed as clearly as possible. The paper must be typed using MS Word, double-spacing, and page numbers. It must contain a minimum of 5,000 words including bibliography and follow the APA or APSA Style. The latter manual can be downloaded