I am planning a research project, and would like some advice. I want to
look at how ideas spread from academic contexts into wider public
discourses - at networks of innovation diffusion, broadly speaking.
A lot of work that has been done on this type of topic has concerned
technological or managerial ideas or innovations, but what I am
interested in looking at are societal ideas - how ideas about society
and politics spread in this way, for example from social science
departments, or from poltical think-tanks. What kind of networks are
involved in the spread of these ideas, and how might one research or
Has anybody on socnet done any work along these lines, or does anybody
know of work that has been done? I am particularly looking for
suggestions regarding the methodology of such research, but any comments
or advice or references would be welcome at this stage.