Large n research is a type of research that involves collecting and analyzing data from a large sample size. The term "n" refers to the number of participants or observations in the study, and a large n indicates that the sample size is significantly larger than usual. Large n research is often used in social science and psychology to study trends and patterns in human behavior, as well as to test theories and hypotheses.
One of the main advantages of large n research is that it allows researchers to make more reliable and generalizable conclusions. When a study includes a large number of participants, the results are less likely to be influenced by random fluctuations or biases in the sample. This means that the findings are more likely to be representative of the broader population and can be applied to a wider range of situations.
However, large n research also has some limitations. One of the main challenges is that it can be difficult and time-consuming to collect and analyze data from such a large sample size. Additionally, large n research often involves collecting data through self-report measures, such as surveys or questionnaires, which can be prone to bias and may not accurately reflect the true experiences or behaviors of the participants.
Despite these limitations, large n research is an important tool for understanding trends and patterns in human behavior. It allows researchers to test hypotheses and theories in a more rigorous and reliable way, and the results can be used to inform policy and practice in a variety of fields. Overall, large n research is a valuable and widely used approach for studying complex social phenomena.
Owen, The Clash of Ideas in World Politics: Transnational Networks, States, and Regime Change, 1510—2010 Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2010. An Introduction to Large-N International Comparative Studies. Ann Arbor, MI: ICPSR, 1994. Collier, Paul, and A. One of the four Libyan cargo planes detained in Brazil enroute to Nicaragua was carrying weapons for Colombia's largest guerrilla group, Colombian Defence Minister Fernando Landazabal said yesterday. Resort to War: 1816—2007.
Non—Voting, Causes and Methods of Control Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1924. This intellectual divide can partly be attributed to the high risk contained in studying conflict under a unified theoretical framework. Foreign state intervention in internal conflict has been serving as a major means through which internal conflicts are internationalized. I argue that armed groups, as well as states, choose their allies carefully. During the Cold War period, external intervention in internal conflicts or support of one of the disputants was shaped primarily by the strategic interests of nation-states—mostly regional or major powers. When confirming a specific piece of information, the coding protocol required coders to verify the information from at least three different sources. The NAGs dataset is unique in terms of the temporal and spatial domain covered as well as the de facto support coding.
Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008. External Involvement in Internal War. Maoz, Zeev, and B. A NAG-target state dyad is then paired with each state in the PRG of a target state for empirical analysis. Maoz, Zeev, and B. Second, I examined countries that vary in their ability of internal mobilization — ability to extract for arms buildup. Social scientists are well aware of the unintended consequences of public policies.
The Logic of Scientific Discovery. Why and how did supporting armed groups transform into a foreign policy strategy frequently adopted by states? Sarkees, Meredith Reid, and F. Case Studies Have Been Characterized As Useful To Assess The Plausibility Of Arguments That Explain Empirical Regularities. Its arrival into the field of war and conflict happened in the same period. An Introduction to Large-N International Comparative Studies, SAGE Video. International Studies Quarterly 41, no.
They also seek the co-operation of Malaysian police to find and detain the suspect, an Indonesian citizen. The PRG of a state includes geographically contiguous states, regional powers and major powers. Journal of Conflict Resolution 40, no. The overwhelming belief in the post-Cold War period was that armed groups exploit the weak states, which are unable to control their borders. Furthermore, to give users a sense of credibility and precision of the information found, a precision variable is coded for each foreign state supporter and each type of support. London: SAGE Publications, Ltd.
In other words, we need to more effectively bring interstate relations into the study of civil war. Below is a distribution of types of support coded. Every case was part of an enduring rivalry during the relevant period. The more intriguing phenomenon has been the ability of these groups to adapt quickly to this new environment, which no longer had the super power patrons conveniently providing resources to them. Resort to War: 1816—2007 Washington DC, CQ Press, 2010. It uses interviews conducted by reliable news agencies to get primary information about state supporters of armed groups and case study analysis by scholars, yet it still falls short in incorporating a multiplicity of resources.
Case studies have been characterized as useful to assess the plausibility of arguments that explain empirical regularities. International Organization 68, no. Most research about democratic peace produced findings using two major datasets: the Polity Dataset Even though a large-N analytical approach was adopted by a significant number of scholars studying conflict across both domains of domestic and international politics, for a long while there has been an intellectual division within conflict studies. Koç University, Istanbul, April 2015. State Selection Case of Support: Below is an example of an excerpt that is used from published news resources and media to collect and code information about the M-19 group of Colombia: In related developments, a former M-19 member claimed the group receives ''suitcases of dollars'' from Cuba and training from Nicaragua.
Cite this chapter Thiem, J. Journal of Peace Research 39, no. Nevertheless, most theories and empirical studies of civil war, rebellion, and insurgency focused on domestic political, social and economic conditions in explaining conflict onset. Furthermore, the NAGs dataset relies on observational data rather than witness accounts. States in Disguise, 174—75. Third, ironically, because of institutional review boards' definition of what is and what is not research, the protection of human subjects is denied to subjects who actually could be at risk.