Title

NETWORKS, DYADS, AND THE SOCIAL RELATIONS MODEL

Abstract

Quantitative International Relations scholarship has focused on analysis of the so-called dyad. Few studies have given serious thought to the definition of a dyad, nor to the implications that flow from such a conceptualization. The current approach to dyadic analysis is necessarily incomplete and even when rigorously pursued gives incomplete and at times incoherent pictures of the ebb and flow of interactions among actors in global politics and economics. Much of this myopia could be attributed in prior scholarship to the paucity of data, a defense no longer plausible. We identify a way out of this conundrum.