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The session on *‘Network Analysis of Political and Policy-Making Domains’ *at
the conference ‘Networks in the Global World’, St. Petersburg, July 4-6,
2018 invites abstract submissions until *January 15th.*

Invited speaker: Nina Kolleck, Freie Universität Berlin

The study of policy and political networks has a distinguished history in
the social sciences. David Knoke (1990) identified the theoretical
objectives of the field as ranging from explaining and predicting
collective policy decisions and outcomes, to exploring how networks form,
persist, and change over time. The study of political networks also engages
with theories of political influence, aiming to explain how relations among
actors can affect their political identity and behavior. The thematic scope
of the session includes studies of policy-making and political processes
through the network perspective, focusing on relational structures and
interactions between governmental and nongovernmental organizations,
interest groups, and individuals. From a methodological perspective, such
research requires the collection of attribute data about actors, and of
relational data determining the ties between them. It is also important to
have institutional and social data to contextualize the political framework
within which political decisions are made.
The session welcomes papers focusing on, but not limited to, the following
aspects of political and policy networks: relations between actors shaping
their political attitudes, preferences, and opinions; implications of
network structures for actors engaged in contesting and collaborating
within specific public policy arenas; cross-country similarities and/or
differences in the structure of policy networks; policy network change
across different stages of the policy cycle; key players within policy
space and privileged network positions, such as brokerage and centrality,
reflecting actor political power.
There is a range of open questions emerging from active — and thus to an
extent asynchronous — development of theory and methodology of political
networks analysis, which paper authors are particularly welcome to address
within this session. One of them concerns the evaluation of political
weight and power of structurally central actors and groups in the network.
This objective related to power and influence theories requires further
development of the methodological network tools. Do the combination of
network data and survey data, or rankings of influential actors made by
magazines, provide sufficient attribute data for modeling power
distribution in the network? Is it possible to test hypotheses about
interdependence between relational structure and individual characteristics
of specific political actors?
Applications addressing topical issues of European societies are
particularly welcome.

To participate in the session, please submit your abstract of up to 300
words before January 15th, 2018 online at ,
and choose ‘Network Analysis of Political and Policy-Making Domains’ in the
session list.

*Conference organizers will cover accommodation of MA and PhD students who
submit the best abstracts.*

You can find the general call for conference papers here: 

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