By Mark Schafer, Stephen G. Walker
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Beliefs about self and other are linked subsequently in chapter 3 to motivations regarding the exercise of power with a theory of inferences about preferences regarding the political outcomes of domination, submission, settlement, and deadlock associated with the exercise of power (see also Walker 1983, 1995, 2003, 2004b; Winter and Stewart 1977). ”4 The premise for the system is that the way individuals speak about power relationships in the political universe will tell us much about their beliefs regarding the exercise of power.
To assess diversity in choice of tactics, we turn again to the IQV as a measure of dispersion. Here we look at the dispersion of the subject’s utterances regarding the self across the six different verb categories. The risk orientation index can vary from 0 to 1. Scores at the lower end of the continuum indicate that the subject’s rhetoric is well diversified across the six verb categories and, therefore, the subject is risk averse. Higher scores indicate less diversity and therefore higher levels of risk acceptance.
The first index (I-4a) investigates the diversity of the leader’s choices in terms of cooperation and conflict actions. The second index (I-4b) measures the diversity of the leader’s actions in terms of the distribution of words and deeds. Both indices range between 0 and 1 with higher values indicating greater flexibility. The formula for I-4a is one minus the absolute value of [the percentage of cooperative self utterances minus the percentage of conflictual self utterances]. The formula for the I-4b index is one minus the absolute value of [the percentage of word self utterances minus the percentage of deed self utterances].