Border Orientation in a Globalizing World: Concept and Measurement

33 Pages Posted: 11 Feb 2019

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Beth A. Simmons

University of Pennsylvania

Michael Kenwick

University of Pennsylvania

Date Written: January 31, 2019

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Simmons, Beth A. and Kenwick, Michael, Border Orientation in a Globalizing World: Concept and Measurement (January 31, 2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3326773 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3326773

Beth A. Simmons

University of Pennsylvania ( email )

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Philadelphia, PA 19104
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Michael Kenwick (Contact Author)

University of Pennsylvania ( email )

Philadelphia, PA 19104
United States

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