ECPR General Conference Hamburg (22-25 Aug 2018) – SG on Political Networks Call for Papers and Panels

The Standing Group on Political Networks of the European Consortium for Political Research – ECPR – invites proposals for papers and full panels to be included in the program of the 12th ECPR General Conference, to be hosted on 22-25 August 2018 at the University of Hamburg, Germany.

This Section aims to bring together methodological, theoretical or empirical papers investigating the role of networks in political and policy processes. We particularly welcome contributions to the following panel topics:

Panel 1 – Social Movement Networks (Chair: Mario Diani, University of Trento, email: mario.diani@gmail.com)
The network perspective has emerged in the last twenty years as a flexible and powerful tool to analyze the diversity, dynamics, and complexity of collective participation. In spite of its constant growth, relevant issues remain open to further investigation – such as the link between the political context and the structure of movement networks; the complex mix of organizational and individual agencies within collaboration and conflict structures; the progressive redefinition of mobilization predictors. The Panel invites applications of network analysis to the study of social movements, protest and participatory networks from a range of perspectives, from mechanisms of individual recruitment to inter-organizational alliances, cultural and discursive dynamics.

Panel 2 – Comparing Political Networks (Chair: Manuel Fischer, University of Bern, email: Manuel.Fischer@eawag.ch)
Comparing political networks over time and space is a powerful strategy to support causal explanations on the antecedents or consequences of network structures. Comparisons over space can include cross-country comparisons or within-country comparisons across regions or policy sectors. Comparisons over time can include network observations at several discrete time points or can be based on the dynamic assessment of network evolution. Despite the potential benefit of such comparisons to our understanding of political networks, the functioning of political systems, public policy-making, and so on, empirical applications of such research designs have remained rare. The Panel thus invites Papers with an explicit comparative research design related to any type of political networks.

Panel 3 – Networked Publics in the Age of Hybridity (Chairs: Gabriella Szabó, Hungarian Academy of Science, email: Szabo.Gabriella@tk.mta.hu, and Pawel Matuszewski, University of Warsaw, email: matuszewski.pawel@wp.pl)
The Panel aims to examine the application of social network analysis into an arena of political science – political interactions. Inspired by the thesis of hybridity and the networked age, it seeks to comprehend the functions of connectivity in public discourses. Today’s political communication ecosystem is more than a convergence of offline and online: it is the transcendence into a new form of interactions by allowing for a rapid conversation on politics across multiple platforms with virtual proximities between the actors which support the transfer of knowledge. The Panel welcomes contributions that map various elements that determine the flow of political messages as well as investigations of viral politics and exploration of the network structures binding political issues, actors and discourses together.

Panel 4 – From Texts to Networks: Semantic, Socio-semantic, and Discourse Networks (Chairs: Lukáš Lehotský, Masaryk University, email: llehotsky@yahoo.com, and Sebastian Haunss, University of Bremen, email: sebastian.haunss@uni-bremen.de)
Collecting data on political networks is a considerable challenge. Significant resources are required to obtain political networks, while in many cases, collecting network data proves nonviable. At the same time, previously unthinkable volumes of texts containing information over political actors and their connections become publicly available. This Panel wants to address and showcase research activities, which are tapping texts to obtain discourse, semantic, and socio-semantic networks. The Panel will show how network research might benefit from text analysis methods used both in traditional political science as well as outside of the field. Contributions which 1) use text as data for political networks; 2) utilize various text analysis approaches to find ties between actors; or 3) combine text analysis with social networks, are invited.

Panel 5 – Application of Network Analysis to Political Changes (Chairs: Valentina Kuskova, National Research University Moscow, email: vkuskova@hse.ru, and Dmitry Zaytsev, National Research University Moscow, email: dzaytsev@hse.ru)
The research of political changes has been traditionally focusing on specific levels as well as types of analysis. However, political changes are complex phenomena consisting of diverse and interlinked actors and structures. Thus, the integrated methodological approach combining contemporary advanced theories and sophisticated analytical methods is needed to model the political change in its complexity. Newest developments in network analysis methods allow modeling the mechanisms of political changes in a way that avoids both simplistic causal explanations based on few predictors as well as over-generalizations attributing them to dynamics of macro-phenomena and political systems. The Panel welcomes Papers using a variety of methodologies that go beyond the simplified ‘linear’ understanding of political changes and model them as multidimensional, multilayer, and interdependent systems.

Panels 6/7 – Climate Policy Networks: Emergence, Evolution, and Policy Outcomes I/II (Chairs: Maria Brockhaus, University of Helsinki, email: maria.brockhaus@helsinki.fi, and Monica Di Gregorio, University of Leeds, email: m.digregorio@leeds.ac.uk)
Climate change and extreme weather events across the globe call for major societal responses. With the Paris agreement, countries are supposed to provide nationally determined contributions, and a variety of performance-based mechanisms are encouraged under the agreement. Processes of transformational change within and across policy domains and networks are required to realize effectively, efficiently and equitable emission reductions and increased adaptive capacities. We see new discourses emerging, and new actors entering new policy coalitions, joining efforts to break away from current business as usual pathways. However, barriers and resistance within policy networks towards such changes are also visible. This Panel calls for contributions that analyze climate policy networks and their characteristics to understand the emergence (or lack) of new policies and outcomes to achieve climate goals.

For more information, please consult the Section website here.

If you are interested in proposing a Paper on one of the topics listed above, please contact the corresponding organizer by February 1st, 2018. Alternatively, you are also welcome to propose a standalone Paper or a full Panel on another topic. Anyone wishing to propose a standalone Paper will need to propose it to a specific Section. Then, if accepted, the Section chair will allocate it to the appropriate Panel. As for Panel proposals, they must include a minimum of four Papers and each Paper must include the Paper title, an abstract and author(s) details.

The procedure for submission is outlined here. Although the call for full Panels and standalone Papers will remain open until 15 February 2018 on the ECPR website, proposals to specific Panels should be mailed to the corresponding organizer by February 1st in order to allow the time to coordinate the organizers’ efforts.

Please feel free to contact the Communication Committee (politicalnets.ecpr@gmail.com) for further information.

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SG on Political Networks Call for Full Panels: ECPR Hamburg and Sunbelt Utrecht 2018

The Standing Group (SG) on Political Networks of the European Consortium for Political Research – ECPR – is planning to submit a session on political networks to the 12th ECPR General Conference to be hosted between 22-25 August 2018 at the University of Hamburg, Germany.

As you know, our section aims to bring together methodological, theoretical or empirical papers investigating the role of networks in political and policy processes. We, therefore, invite proposals for full panels to be included in the session. If you are interested in proposing a full panel, please do so until November 8th, 2017 to allow the time to coordinate the internal efforts of putting together the session. Panel proposals must include the Panel title, an abstract (max. 150 words) and panel organizer(s) bio (max. 50 words). The SG convenors will come back to you with a proposal on how to integrate the panel in the session.

Likewise, the SG invites proposals for full panels (organized sessions) to be included in the program of the 38th Sunbelt Conference to be hosted between June 26 to July 1, 2018, in Utrecht, Netherlands.

There is nothing like a collection of panels at Sunbelt, to our knowledge. Still, if you are interested in proposing a full panel, let us know until October 8th, 2017 to allow the time to coordinate within the ECPR SG. Panel proposals must include the Panel title, an abstract (max. 150 words) and contact information (name, institution, email) of panel organizer(s).

All the best,

The Political Networks ECPR Standing Group Steering Committee

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Call for Papers: Political Networks Session at the European Conference on Social Networks, Mainz (26-29 Sep 2017)

The Standing Group on Political Networks of the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) invites proposals for papers to be included in the program of the 3rd European Conference on Social Networks (EUSN), to be hosted on 26-29 September 2017 at the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, Germany.

The session welcomes both theoretical work and empirical applications of network theories and social network analysis to any question related to politics. It is open for scholars in public policy analysis, international relations, political sociology, political economy, and other domains of political sciences. Similar sessions at the 2014 EUSN conference in Barcelona and the 2016 EUSN conference in Paris were composed of three to four panels, containing presentations and discussions on highly diverse, interesting and qualitatively excellent work. The previous sessions were very well attended. Although we will finalize the list of panels depending on paper submissions, indicatively we envisage panels in the following areas: policy networks, political leadership, environmental politics, social media, social movements and collective action, etc.

More information about the Political Networks session is available here.

Please feel free to contact the Communication Committee (politicalnets.ecpr@gmail.com) for further information.

Abstract submission guidelines:

1. Visit the EUSN website here.

2. Register via the CONVERIA conference management tool (“sign up for an account”, if you don´t have one) and log in.

3. Click on the “New submission” link and fill out the form. Make sure you enter all required information:

  • State the title of your presentation and select the session you want to submit it to. You can find a description of all sessions on the EUSN website. If you do not find your topic listed, you can choose the “Open Sessions”.  If you want to submit a poster, choose “Poster Session”.
  • Insert an abstract of max. 500 words. All abstracts (and presentations) must be in English.
  • State the full name, institution and contact information of all authors

Abstract submissions are due by March 31. After this date, no abstracts will be accepted. You will receive a receipt of your submission by e-mail. Please note that we can only allow two submissions per person.

Registration:

  • Registration starts February 1.
  • Presenting authors need to be registered for the conference until the end of June (Early Bird fee is available until June 14).

 

 

A list of conferences, workshops, and schools on social network analysis in 2017

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ECPR General Conference Oslo (6-9 Sep 2017) – SG on Political Networks Call for Papers and Panels

The Standing Group on Political Networks of the European Consortium for Political Research – ECPR – invites proposals for papers and full panels to be included in the program of the 11th ECPR General Conference, to be hosted on 6-9 September 2017 at the University of Oslo, Norway.

This Section aims to bring together methodological, theoretical or empirical papers investigating the role of networks in political and policy processes. We particularly welcome contributions to the following panel topics:

  • Social Movement Networks (contact: Mario Diani, mario.diani@gmail.com): The network perspective has emerged in the last twenty years as a flexible and powerful tool to analyze the diversity, dynamics, and complexity of collective participation. In spite of its constant growth, relevant issues remain open to further investigation – such as the link between the political context and the structure of movement networks; the complex mix of organizational and individual agencies within collaboration and conflict structures; the progressive redefinition of mobilization predictors. The Panel invites applications of network analysis to the study of social movements, protest and participatory networks from a range of perspectives, from mechanisms of individual recruitment to inter-organizational alliances, cultural and discursive dynamics.
  • Dealing with political networks in times of big data (contact: Isabelle Borucki, isabelle.borucki@uni-trier.de): The analysis of social network site data is becoming increasingly important within political sciences. A huge digital socioscope is available with numerous possibilities for research as the footprints left by users can be collected from different API(s) and analysed. Political trends, reception processes and the democratic quality of online discourses could be estimated via social networks. However, despite the potential field of research opened by social network site data and social network analysis, it contains some caveats: The question remains how valid and reliable those data are, and what kind of inferences we can make from the network analysis. The Panel welcomes Papers addressing theoretical and/or methodological contributions related to the issue of political communication on SNS by using SNA.
  • Climate Change Policy Networks (contact: Petr Ocelík, petr.ocelik@gmail.com; Karin Ingold, karin.ingold@ipw.unibe.ch): Climate change is a ‘wicked problem’ that involves a number of complexities including challenges to governance and policy making. Climate change governance can then be seen as an assemblage of diverse actors, who influence policy-making and policies centered on the climate change issue through patterned interactions that stretch across scales. Use of SNA provides key insights into the underlying relational structures of such assemblages and thus contributes to improve coordination and learning processes – a necessary condition for effective policy response. The call is open to substantive, theoretical, and methodological contributions on one-mode networks as well as to applications of two-mode or multi-level network analysis which connect political actors on different levels, or ecological units affected by climate change.
  • Linking policy networks and policy learning: Social interactions, belief updates and policy change (contact: Cécile Riche, cecile.riche@uclouvain.be; Stéphane Moyson, stephane.moyson@uclouvain.be): Learning dynamics are social as much as cognitive: belief updates by one policy actor do not only depend on his or her cognition, but also on the nature of interactions he or she has with other policy actors. Despite this social nature of learning, only a few studies rely on SNA to examine policy learning dynamics. Which networks foster policy learning? Which forms of policy learning do they facilitate? How do networks contribute the transformation of individual learning into collective learning? Which methods of analysis are appropriate to study of the interplay between the cognitive and social nature of policy learning? How do learning, resource interdependences, and exchanges interact, within policy networks? What are the ultimate effects of this interaction on policy changes? We call for Papers addressing these questions from a conceptual or empirical perspective.

For more information, please consult the Section website here.

If you are interested in proposing a paper on one of the topics listed above, please contact the corresponding organizer by February 1st, 2017. Alternatively, you are also welcome to propose a standalone paper, or a full panel on another topic. Anyone wishing to propose a standalone paper will need to propose it to a specific Section then, if accepted, the Section chair will allocate it to the appropriate Panel. As for Panel proposals, they must include a minimum of four Papers and each Paper must include the Paper title, an abstract and author(s) details.

The procedure for submission is outlined here. Although the call for full panels and individual papers will remain open until 15 February 2017 on the ECPR website , proposals to specific panels should be mailed to corresponding organizer by February 1st in order to allow the time to coordinate the organizers’ efforts.

Please feel free to contact the Communication Committee (politicalnets.ecpr@gmail.com) for further information.

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Political Networks ECPR Standing group
Mailing list: politicalnetsecpr@googlegroups.com
Twitter: @politicalnets
Communication Committee: politicalnets.ecpr@gmail.com

The Cement of Civil Society by Mario Diani

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Civil society is frequently conceived as a field of multiple organizations, committed to highly diverse causes and interests. When studied empirically, however, its properties are often reduced to the sum of the traits and attitudes of the individuals or groups that are populating it. This book shows how to move from an “aggregative” to a relational view of civil society. Drawing upon field work on citizens’ organizations in two British cities, this book combines network analysis and social movement theories to show how to represent civil society as a system of relations between multiple actors. “Modes of coordination” enables us to identify different logics of collective action within the same local settings. The book exposes the weakness of rigid dichotomies, separating the voluntary sector from social movements, “civic” activism oriented to service delivery from “un-civic” protest, grassroots activism external to institutions from formal, professionalized organizations integrated within the “system.”

The book can be bought here.

ECPR General Conference Oslo (Sep 2017) – SG on Political Networks Call for Panels

The Standing Group on Political Networks of the European Consortium for Political Research – ECPR – invites proposals for full panels to be included in the program of the 11th ECPR General Conference, to be hosted on 6-9 September 2017 at the University of Oslo, Norway.

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The section aims to bring together methodological, theoretical or empirical papers investigating the role of networks in political and policy processes.

If you are interested in proposing a full panel, please do so until November 10th, 2016 by sending proposal(s) to politicalnets.ecpr@gmail.com. Panel proposals must include the Panel title, an abstract (max. 150 words) and author(s) bio (max. 50 words). The Standing Group (SG) convenors will inform you about a final decision on your proposal.

Please feel free to contact the SG at (politicalnets.ecpr@gmail.com) for further information.

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The 4th Annual IPSA-NUS Summer School for Social Science Research Methods – National University of Singapore (June 8-19, 2015)

The 4th Annual IPSA-NUS Summer School for Social Science Research Methods will be held at the National University of Singapore, June 8-19, 2015.

This year Methods School offers thirteen quantitative, qualitative, and formal methods courses, such as Bayesian Analysis, Case Study Analysis, Experimental Methods, Game Theory, Maximum Likelihood Estimation, Mixed Methods, Network Analysis, QCA, and Quantitative Text Analysis. All courses are taught by highly experienced international faculty from the U.S. and Europe and provide participants with rigorous, hands-on training in state-of-the-art research methods.

For more information on the various Methods School courses and instructors, financial aid, registration fees, and more, visit the website (http://methods-school.nus.edu.sg) or contact the team at methods-school@nus.edu.sg.

Online Methods Courses at University of Florida

The University of Florida’s online courses on research methods in anthropology, including one course on network analysis.

These courses may be taken for university credit or as continuing education and are open to anyone interested in advancing their skills in research methods.

These courses combine online lectures and exercises with interactive sessions, and are limited to 20 participants.

Five courses are offered this summer:

(may 11-june 19)

1. text analysis

2. network analysis

3. methods of behavioral observation

4. geospatial analysis.

(june 27-august 7)

5. video analysis.

tuition for these courses is $1200 each.

click HERE for full information, including syllabi, registration forms, etc. or contact prof. H. Russell Bernard <ufruss AT ufl.edu>   if you have questions about any of the courses.

A list of interesting workshops and schools for Social Network Analysis

The Standing Group on Political Networks is aimed at pushing forward the application of network perspectives and tools to enhance our understanding of a broad range of political dynamics characterizing contemporary societies – from social movements to individual political behaviors to the use of ICTs as a tool for democratic participation. 

in this spirit, the Group encourages students and researchers participation to the following events centered on SNA procedures and techniques:

University of Kentucky, Links Centre

https://sites.google.com/site/linkscenterworkshopsna/modules

University  of Manchester, Mitchell Centre

http://www.socialsciences.manchester.ac.uk/research/research-centres-and-networks/mitchell-centre/events/

University of Greenwich Business School

http://www2.gre.ac.uk/about/faculty/business/research/centres/cbna/home 

ECPR/ University of Lubljiana

http://ecpr.eu/methodschools/summerschools.aspx

Berlin Summer School (general courses on RD)

http://www.berlinsummerschool.de/program/overview/

Furthermore, a set of interesting events will take place over the next Sunbelt Conference, organized by the International Network for Social Network Analysis in Brighton, June 22-28.

Among the dozens of short workshops at the INSNA sunbelt conference I recommend:

Game theory & networks/ Buskens

Advanced RSiena/ Snijders

Mixed Methods Research/ Hollstein

The positional analysis/ Brandes

Modelling relational event dynamics/ Butts

Dynamic analysis with ORA/ Carley

Advanced SNA with UCINET/ Borgatti

SNA Behavioural Change/ Valente

Visualising SNA/ Pfeffer

Text based semantic nets/ Diesner

More info on Sunbelt’s workshops and panels can be found here.