Border Orientation in a Globalizing World: Concept and Measurement
33 Pages Posted: 11 Feb 2019
Date Written: January 31, 2019
While border politics have become an increasingly salient component of high international politics, political scientists have made few attempts to systematically analyze variation in national border policy. To make analytic headway in this area, we develop the concept of “border orientation” to describe the extent to which the State is committed to the authoritative display of capacities to control the terms of penetration of its national borders. We then introduce a first-ever effort to develop a geo-spatial database of the world’s major architectural features along international borders. We combine these new data with updated data on border walls to construct and validate a Bayesian latent variable model for generating estimates of each state’s border orientation at the national, dyadic, and border-crossing level.
Keywords: Borders, Border Security, Border Walls
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