Networks of Political Actors

22 Jun 2016 17:33

One of the things I'm interested in is understanding how network forms of organization emerge among political actors, how they affect decision-making, and how they interact with other social networks and institutions. I have a ridiculously over-ambitious research project, about networks of cronyism, that I'd like to do, but in the meanwhile I;m settling for small steps. Presumably, like other social networks, they serve as platforms for information exchange, deliberation, and other forms of collective cognition. Formal political organizations can also serve these functions, but it seems easier to make organizations democratically accountable than it is networks --- is this a problem? How does their structure compare to that of other networks?