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Dear Socnetters,

Consider submitting your relevant work to the ‘Network Analysis of
Political and Policy-Making Domains’ session of the ‘Networks in the Global
World’ conference (St. Petersburg, July 7–9, 2020).

*Deadline: February 10, 2020.*

Chair: Artem Antonyuk, St. Petersburg University

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

– 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 the
interdependence between the relational structure as a variable that
determines, or is affected by, the individual characteristics of specific
political actors?

Among other widely discussed issues is the question of how multimodal data
on policy networks may provide substantive insights into policy analysis.
The main methodological problem concerns processing of multimodal network
data and choice of appropriate network measures. The theoretical problems
are the interpretation of the outcomes of multimodal data analysis in
relation to the field of policy network research, and possible applications
within other domains of political studies. The session particularly
welcomes papers dealing with these problems as well as applications
addressing topical issues of European societies.

Find a full description of the session here: 

The Fifth Biannual International Conference ‘Networks in the Global World’
will be held with support from International Network for Social Network
Analysis (INSNA), International Sociological Association (ISA), and German
Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) at St. Petersburg University.

Conference call for abstracts is available here: 

Authors of selected abstracts will be invited to submit full papers before
June 1, 2020 to be published in the ‘NetGloW 2020’ volume of the Springer’s
‘Lecture Notes in Networks and Systems’ indexed in Scopus: 

Note that citizens of most of the European countries can get an electronic
visa to St. Petersburg for up to 8 days online, see: 

Find out more about NetGloW’20 on the official website of the conference: 

Best wishes,



Artem Antonyuk

Junior researcher in Sociology, St. Petersburg University

Research fellow, Centre for German and European Studies, St. Petersburg
University – Bielefeld University

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