Richardson in the Information Age: Geographic Information Systems and Spatial Data in International Studies

Posted: 25 Jun 2012

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Kristian Skrede Gleditsch

University of Essex; International Peace Research Institute, Oslo (PRIO)

Nils Weidmann

Peace Research Institute Oslo

Date Written: June 2012

Abstract

There is an enduring interest in how geographic features influence political interactions and outcomes, and many key factors highlighted in international relations and cross-national research vary spatially within countries. Starting with the pioneering research of Richardson, we show how geographic information systems (GIS) technology and the increasing availability of spatial data can provide new opportunities to answer old and new questions. We focus on key motivations for using spatial disaggregated data and show how such data can be used in current research, drawing on examples from the study of violent conflict.

Suggested Citation

Gleditsch, Kristian Skrede and Weidmann, Nils, Richardson in the Information Age: Geographic Information Systems and Spatial Data in International Studies (June 2012). Annual Review of Political Science, Vol. 15, pp. 461-481, 2012. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2089192 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1146/annurev-polisci-031710-112604

Kristian Skrede Gleditsch (Contact Author)

University of Essex ( email )

Wivenhoe Park
Colchester, CO4 3SQ
United Kingdom

International Peace Research Institute, Oslo (PRIO)

Oslo
N-0260 Oslo
Norway

Nils Weidmann

Peace Research Institute Oslo ( email )

Oslo, NO-0134
Norway

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