recent work on social networks and politics

My dear friend and collaborator Michael T. Heaney has some new work that will be of interest to many readers. In the journal Social Networks, he has an article called Multiplex networks and interest group influence reputation: An exponential random graph model:

Interest groups struggle to build reputations as influential actors in the policy process and to discern the influence exercised by others. This study conceptualizes influence reputation as a relational variable that varies locally throughout a network. Drawing upon interviews with 168 interest group representatives in the United States health policy domain, this research examines the effects of multiplex networks of communication, coalitions, and issues on influence reputation. Using an exponential random graph model (ERGM), the analysis demonstrates that multiple roles of confidant, collaborator, and issue advocate affect how group representatives understand the influence of those with whom they are tied, after accounting for homophily among interest groups.

In the journal Interest Groups and Advocacy, he has a forthcoming article: Coalition Portfolios and Interest Group Influence Over the Policy Process, with Goeff Lorenz.

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Written by fabiorojas

August 7, 2013 at 4:53 am

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  1. How does one reconcile these two papers? The first (in SN), argues that reputational influence measures are inherently local (predicted by an interest group’s ties in a multiplex network). The apparent implication is that reputational influence measures shouldn’t be used to approximate global influence rankings, at least not without adjusting for multiplex network structure. Yet the second (in Interest Groups and Advocacy), does exactly this by using reputational influence in the global sense as the dependent variable. Am I missing something?


    a reader

    August 7, 2013 at 8:59 pm

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