54 Pages Posted: 10 Nov 2013
Date Written: December 14, 2012
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: 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