Friday, July 6, 2007

Neumayer: Geography, Power and Ideology

Eric Neumayer (LSE - Geography & Environment) has posted Geography, Power and Ideology: Diplomatic Representation in a Spatial, Unequal and Divided World. Here's the abstract:
Sending diplomatic missions abroad and receiving foreign missions at home is in the political and economic interest of countries. But such missions depend on domestic and foreign political will and they also cost scarce resources. This article demonstrates that the global pattern of diplomatic representation is significantly determined by geographical distance between countries, by the power of both sending and recipient countries and by the degree of their ideological affinity. The pattern of diplomatic representation is both a reflection of and a contributor to the spatially shaped and ideologically divided world of unequal power we live in.