Causality in political networks

Fowler, J. H., Heaney, M. T. , Nickerson, D. W., Padgett, J. F. and Sinclair, B. (2011) Causality in political networks. American Politics Research, 39(2), pp. 437-480. (doi: 10.1177/1532673X10396310)

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Investigations of American politics have increasingly turned to analyses of political networks to understand public opinion, voting behavior, the diffusion of policy ideas, bill sponsorship in the legislature, interest group coalitions and influence, party factions, institutional development, and other empirical phenomena. While the association between political networks and political behavior is well established, clear causal inferences are often difficult to make. This article consists of five independent essays that address practical problems in making causal inferences from studies of political networks. They consider egocentric studies of national probability samples, sociocentric studies of political communities, measurement error in elite surveys, field experiments on networks, and triangulating on causal processes.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Heaney, Dr Michael
Authors: Fowler, J. H., Heaney, M. T., Nickerson, D. W., Padgett, J. F., and Sinclair, B.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences
Journal Name:American Politics Research
Publisher:SAGE Publications
ISSN (Online):1552-3373

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