"Network Analysis of the Post-Soviet Integration Processes: Hierarchical Ranking and Joint Cluster Analysis of Attributional and Relational Data of the Former Soviet States" 

NINA LAZARIDI, Harvard University

The identification of main drivers behind the post-Soviet integration processes has been one of the great academic challenges for the region’s experts. This article seeks to go beyond the existing literature by introducing a new analytical approach based on “big data? and social network analyses to post-Soviet regional studies, and employing a wider and more appropriate range of variables and cases than is usual. This is the first research to explicitly and systematically investigate the distinctiveness of the post-Soviet states ranking and similarities. The study was conducted at an egocentric level of network analysis, comparing fifteen former Soviet states across 188 measures of political institutions, economic development, social welfare structures, and international affiliations and alliances gathered over the period of twenty-one years of the post-Soviet independence.


About this eJournal

This eJournal distributes working and accepted paper abstracts. Papers in this area study the formation, structure and function of networks or apply computational methods or algorithmic game theory to understanding politics.


To submit your research to SSRN, sign in to the SSRN User HeadQuarters, click the My Papers link on left menu and then the Start New Submission button at top of page.

Distribution Services

If your organization is interested in increasing readership for its research by starting a Research Paper Series, or sponsoring a Subject Matter eJournal, please email: RPS@SSRN.com

Distributed by

Political Science Network (PSN), a division of Social Science Electronic Publishing (SSEP) and Social Science Research Network (SSRN)



UC San Diego
Email: dlake@ucsd.edu

Duke University
Email: mathew.mccubbins@duke.edu

Please contact us at the above addresses with your comments, questions or suggestions for PSN-Sub.