Political Networks I: General Call
Karin Ingold (University of Bern, Switzerland)
Political network studies are focusing on structural and relational patterns in policymaking. They focus on how actors organize and exchange information in order to influence policy outputs and outcomes. A network analysis allows political scientists to disentangle formal attributes of competence and power from structural patterns: Several studies during the last decade have highlighted the added value adopting a network perspective in order to investigate how political actors mobilize and exchange resources, how they coordinate actions, and how relational performance shape decision-making. Recent developments went one step further, applying longitudinal and graph models to understand endogenous and exogenous network effects in political arrangements.
This session welcomes theoretical and empirical applications of social network analysis, as well as network models in the domain of political science. It is open for scholars in public policy analysis, international relations, political sociology, political economy, and other domains of political sciences.