Political Networks II: Leadership & Political Capital
Dimitris Christopoulos (MODUL University, Austria)
A number of questions can be posed on the relationship between political agency and the currency of political exchange, i.e. political capital. These can be questions within classic political science: Do leaders transact political resources in their pursuit of political goals? Political psychology: Does an accurate perception of social space impacts on the success of political agents in leadership tasks? Political sociology: Does the interaction between agents affect the creation of political capital? Political geography: Does the interaction between physical and relational space shape political space? The common theme in such questions is that agent networks can be seen as instrumental conduits for tangible and intangible political resources. We are interested in papers that explore through case studies or experimentally, whether networks are causally related to political outcomes. Such outcomes can be construed as policies, acts of coordination or collective action. Critically, we are interested on what it is that political agents transact, the mechanisms through which this happens and whether networks precede or follow such transactions.