Comparing Strategies for the Operationalization of Variables in International Relations: the measurement of national power capabilities

Augusto Wagner Menezes Teixeira Júnior, Valéria de Moura Sousa, Alexandre César Cunha Leite


The present paper investigates the connection between theories and empirical research methods in International Relations. From the study of the theoretical concept of power, it compares different strategies of operationalization of its variables. The formulas of power and indices of national capabilities are analyzed We conclude that national capabilities measurement strategies can be useful pedagogically for the teaching and research in the field of International Relations.


Capacity Measurement; National Power; Power Formulas


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