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Is influence mightier than selection? forging agreement in political discussion networks during a campaign

Bello, Jason and Rolfe, Meredith (2014) Is influence mightier than selection? forging agreement in political discussion networks during a campaign. Social Networks, 36. pp. 134-146. ISSN 0378-8733

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Identification Number: 10.1016/j.socnet.2013.06.001

Abstract

Is political agreement in social networks the product of selection or influence? We investigate this question using the first large, general population sample survey to track changes in the political discussion partners named by respondents over the course of an election campaign. We identify two social processes at work during the nine months prior to the election: "selection", or the likelihood that people choose discussion partners based on their political views, and "influence", or the likelihood that respondents exposed to political disagreement change their intended vote choice. We find evidence of both positive and negative selection for political agreement, as well as evidence that people are influenced by their friends and family

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.journals.elsevier.com/social-networks
Additional Information: © 2013 Elsevier B.V.
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Sets: Departments > Management
Date Deposited: 31 Jul 2013 13:19
Last Modified: 16 Jun 2014 14:53
Funders: John Fell OUP Research Fund, Oxford Centre for Corporate Reputation
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/51258

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