IPSA Research Committee on Political Power (IPSA RC36) is organizing a joint session “Network Analysis of Political Power” at the 3rd European Conference on Social Networks (EUSN) taking place at Johannes-Gutenberg-University Mainz (Germany), September 26-29, 2017.

Abstract Submission Info
Deadline: March 31, 2017
Max number of words: 500
Paper FAQ: http://www.eusn2017.uni-mainz.de/paper-and-poster-faq/
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Network Analysis of Political Power

This session is organized jointly with IPSA Research Committee on Political Power (IPSA RC36) in order to provide a room for a broad discussion on opportunities and challenges of network analysis in political power studies. We invite contributions that share a commitment to rigorous conceptual analysis of power but focus on distinct form of power in networks, which include, but are not restricted to, power-as-control and power-as-access, networking power, network power, networked power and network-making power. We are interested in attracting papers that show how to deal with different pitfalls of power audit, like infamous problem of inconsistent measures associated with relative and relational nature of political power. We encourage potential participants to introduce solutions and insights provided by methods of network analysis.
We believe network analysis can help us to understand how and why power is used by different actors while taking into account changing conditions of domestic and international politics. Power is a central concept for social and political sciences yet one of the most troublesome in terms of empirical research. Thus, we are expecting our session participants to present papers that link theory to practice, propose systematic testing of theoretical models with network data and demonstrate original network approaches to political power analysis.

Organizers: Alina V. Vladimirova (Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences)