Social networks and American politics: introduction to the special issue

Heaney, M. T. and McClurg, S. D. (2009) Social networks and American politics: introduction to the special issue. American Politics Research, 37(5), pp. 727-741. (doi: 10.1177/1532673X09337771)

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This article overviews the special issue on “Social Networks and American Politics.” The authors explain that social network analysis is a multimethod set of approaches to examining the pattern of connections that are created among individuals and institutions when they engage in their daily activities. It is especially valuable when research problems are about (a) the flow of information; (b) coordination, cooperation, or trust; (c) informal organization; or (d) multiple levels of organization. In addressing these problems, network analysis has expanded during the last decade within the study of American politics, contributing to knowledge about political institutions, behavior, and network theory. Promising directions for future research include the study of power, preference aggregation, information flow and transaction costs, and network dynamics.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Heaney, Dr Michael
Authors: Heaney, M. T., and McClurg, S. D.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences
Journal Name:American Politics Research
ISSN (Online):1552-3373
Published Online:14 August 2009

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