Policy networks : a citation analysis of the quantitative literature

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LEIFELD, Philip, 2007. Policy networks : a citation analysis of the quantitative literature [Master thesis]

@mastersthesis{Leifeld2007Polic-4237, title={Policy networks : a citation analysis of the quantitative literature}, year={2007}, author={Leifeld, Philip} }

Leifeld, Philip 2007 eng 2011-03-24T10:13:11Z Since the mid-1970s, the quantitative literature on political networks has grown to approximately 200 publications. A number of scholars have recently tried to organize the "Babylonian variety" of different policy network concepts and schools of thought in political network analysis. It will be demonstrated that they fail to grasp the important distinctions between the research specialties, and an empirical assessment of the quantitative literature is offered by analyzing co-citation data and data of bibliographic coupling.<br />The similarity between any pair of citing publications is determined by the number of citations these publications have in common, and the similarity between any two cited articles is shaped by the number of common citing bibliographies. A 193x8490 affiliation matrix containing the links between citing and cited documents is transformed into two square adjacency matrices and then examined separately by means of multivariate data analysis and Social Network Analysis. Using clique analysis, cluster analysis and blockmodels in conjunction with multidimensional scaling and correspondence analysis, the important schools of thought can be identified as clusters in an n-dimensional space. Once the clusters have been delineated on the level of cited publications, the citing documents can be classified and a likelihood distribution for each publication of belonging into any school of thought can be given.<br />The results show that four large clusters can be separated and interpreted in a meaningful way in terms of research design, topic, use of methods and some other characteristics. These schools of thought are preliminarily called "exchange cluster", "governance cluster", "elite cluster" and "participation cluster". Results are discussed in the light of Crane s invisible-colleges framework and other approaches from the sociology of science as well as recent theoretical contributions to the study of policy networks.<br />The citation-based analysis of the discipline is complemented by an analysis of the methods and relations used in the citing documents and their distributions of actors, countries, levels of analysis and areas of inquiry examined. 2011-03-24T10:13:11Z terms-of-use application/pdf Policy networks : a citation analysis of the quantitative literature Leifeld, Philip

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