Power in Politically Charged Networks

54 Pages Posted: 10 Nov 2013  

Jason M. Smith

Utah State University

Daniel Halgin

University of Kentucky

Virginie Lopez Kidwell

Florida International University (FIU) - College of Business Administration

Giuseppe (Joe) Labianca

University of Kentucky - Gatton College of Business and Economics

Daniel Brass

University of Kentucky - Gatton College of Business and Economics

Steve Borgatti

University of Kentucky; LINKS Center

Date Written: December 14, 2012

Abstract

We offer a theory and measure for determining powerful nodal positions based on potential inter-actor control in “politically charged” networks, which contain both allies and adversaries. Power is derived from actors that are dependent on the focal actor and sociometrically weak, either due to a lack of alternative allies or from being threatened by others. We create a new Political Independence Index (PII), compare it to other established measures, and illustrate its use in the setting of an international network of alliances and military conflicts from 1946-2000. Results show that politically independent nations as measured by PII have smaller increases in military personnel than others over time.

Keywords: Power, politics, control, social networks, political independence, conflict

Suggested Citation

Smith, Jason M. and Halgin, Daniel and Kidwell, Virginie Lopez and Labianca, Giuseppe (Joe) and Brass, Daniel and Borgatti, Steve, Power in Politically Charged Networks (December 14, 2012). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2239486 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2239486

Jason M. Smith

Utah State University ( email )

Logan, UT 84322
United States

Daniel Halgin

University of Kentucky ( email )

Lexington, KY 40506
United States

Virginie Lopez Kidwell

Florida International University (FIU) - College of Business Administration ( email )

Miami, FL 33199
United States

Giuseppe (Joe) Labianca (Contact Author)

University of Kentucky - Gatton College of Business and Economics ( email )

Lexington, KY 40506
United States

Daniel Brass

University of Kentucky - Gatton College of Business and Economics ( email )

Dept. of Management
Lexington, KY 40506
United States
859-257-4260 (Phone)
859-257-3577 (Fax)

Steve Borgatti

University of Kentucky ( email )

Lexington, KY 40506
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.analytictechcom/borgatti

LINKS Center ( email )

455P Gatton College of Business and Economics Bldg
Lexington, KY 40506-0034
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.linkscenter.org/

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