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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 
political behavior;

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 
strength;

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 
http://www.ksg.harvard.edu/netgov/ .

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 
http://www.bsos.umd.edu/gvpt/apr/ .

Michael T. Heaney (University of Florida) and Scott McClurg 
(Southern Illinois University) will serve as guest editors for the 
special issue.

Questions, as well as electronic submissions should be directed to 
Jim Gimpel, Editor, at [log in to unmask] .

--
Michael T. Heaney, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Political Science
University of Florida
234 Anderson Hall
P.O. Box 117325
Gainesville, FL 32611-7325

Cell Phone: 202-236-3369
E-mail: [log in to unmask]
Web: http://plaza.ufl.edu/mtheaney

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