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Call for Papers on Social Networks and American Politics
American Politics Research
American Politics Research invites scholars to submit innovative
research using social network theories and methods to study
American politics. In 2009, APR will publish a special issue
devoted to this topic. Although priority will be given to
selected papers from a conference on Networks in Political Science
to be held at Harvard University, June 13-14, 2008, other
submissions are also welcome.
Social networks research is defined principally by its focus on
observable relationships between humans, institutions, and
organizations. By combining individual and aggregate units of
analysis, it is especially well-positioned to study the gap
between institutional outcomes and individual decision-making.
Though most commonly applied to the study of political behavior
and elite decision-making, the theories and tools employed in
social network analyses can apply to a wide range of topics
relevant in American politics.
The APR readership is most interested in papers that using network
theories and tools to study substantive topics relevant to
American politics. Papers that focus on network dyads or entire
networks are welcome, as are those that examine the development
and evolution of politically-relevant social networks. Papers
bringing cutting edge statistical and visualization tools to their
subjects are particularly welcome.
Promising paper topics might address:
1) Whether social networks have truly causal effects on
2) The role of social networks in facilitating or inhibiting
collective action, particularly on policy problems;
3) Examinations of how to measure network concepts validly,
such as disagreement, information flow, opinion leadership, or tie
4) Comparisons of social network processes across different
racial and ethnic groups;
5) In-depth studies of network evolution, particularly within
different social and institutional contexts;
6) Re-examination of Congressional voting coalitions through
the lens of social network concepts;
7) Investigation of how interest group, bureaucratic, and
legislative relationships affect policy-making processes;
8) Analyses of interest group coalitions and party networks.
The deadline for submitting proposals to the conference is March
1, 2008. Proposals should include a title and a one-paragraph
abstract. Send them to [log in to unmask] .
The final program will be available at
The deadline for submission of full papers for consideration by
APR is August 1, 2008, although articles will be accepted and
reviewed before then on a rolling basis. All papers should be
approximately 22-28 pages in length, double-spaced, including a
150 word abstract. Papers should conform with the APR Guidelines
as outlined in the submission instructions for the journal at
Michael T. Heaney (University of Florida) and Scott McClurg
(Southern Illinois University) will serve as guest editors for the
Questions, as well as electronic submissions should be directed to
Jim Gimpel, Editor, at [log in to unmask] .
Michael T. Heaney, Ph.D.
Department of Political Science
University of Florida
234 Anderson Hall
P.O. Box 117325
Gainesville, FL 32611-7325
Cell Phone: 202-236-3369
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