The paper concludes by identifying a number of overlooked policy implications for contemporary U.
The prototypical case selection strategy provides guidelines for selecting cases for intensive processes where the universe of cases is often difficult to know in advance.
The dual process tracing (DPT) method then provides a way by which a researcher can test theories of intensive processes as well as provide substantive knowledge about the selected prototypical case.
First, how do we think about the concepts of “power” and “international institutions”?
And, how do states interact with each other in the competition over or with international institutions? Paper 1 deals exclusively with the exercise of building a comprehensive theory of institutional power politics.
The two methods developed in this paper provide an alternative way to think about political phenomena beyond the dominant covariational and mechanismic approaches in political science research. The paper finds, however, that the competition is generated from mechanisms of misperception, uncertainty and poor signaling of intentions from both countries.
Paper 3 is the first theoretically driven empirical examination of the prototypical case of institutional competition – “U. China-RCEP.” The paper tests the common understanding that TPP and RCEP is a product of the intentional competition between U. The paper thus offers a powerful revision to the current understanding of the TPP-RCEP case and also theoretically arrives at a defensive realist model of unintended institutional competition.
Despite the common understanding that states compete over international institutions and jockey to define international order, our understanding of institutional power politics is underdeveloped.
The dissertation sets out to answer three sets of questions relating to the specific areas that need developing – theory, methods and empirics.
Practical examples may include domestic politics, institutions analysis, and diverse conflicts related to domestic or international issues.
When choosing such topic, it’s necessary to focus not on study object per se, but on method that is implemented for particular political science issue analysis.