Social Network Analysis: Methods and Examples prepares social science students to conduct their own social network analysis (SNA) by covering basic methodological tools along with illustrative examples from various fields. This innovative book takes a conceptual rather than a mathematical approach as it discusses the connection between what SNA methods have to offer and how those methods are used in research design, data collection, and analysis. Four substantive applications chapters provide examples from politics, work and organizations, mental and physical health, and crime and terrorism studies.

Political Networks
Learning Objectives
  • Examine how social networks affect people’s political behaviors when they vote, form their political opinions, or protest
  • Discuss several ways in which networks among politicians can be measured
  • Explain how donor networks help predict the success of different presidential candidates
  • Describe the role of policy networks in U.S. politics
  • Compare the three different ways nations can exercise power (power as access, power as brokerage, and power as exit)
  • Appraise the differences between networks formed through bandwagon and homophily effects in trade and military networks
  • Assess the hierarchical structure of nations and cities, how networks can help measure that hierarchy, and why different ways of measuring the ties can lead to different assessments

In its broadest sense, political science examines the state: Political scientists in the field of ...

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