Comparing New Theory with Prior Beliefs: Market Civilization and the Democratic Peace

  title={Comparing New Theory with Prior Beliefs: Market Civilization and the Democratic Peace},
  author={Michael Mousseau},
  journal={Conflict Management and Peace Science},
  pages={63 - 77}
  • M. Mousseau
  • Published 1 February 2005
  • Political Science
  • Conflict Management and Peace Science
Stuart Bremer counseled against the falsificationist convention of testing new models against the null hypothesis of no model. Instead, new models should be compared against prior beliefs, and theories should compete, whenever possible, on a field of equivalent test conditions. This article applies Stuart Bremer's notion of comparative theory testing by comparing a new model of contract norms with the prior institutionalist model of democratic peace. On a field of equivalent test conditions it… 

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