|Interest Group Networks
Carpenter and Kevin
Esterling and I re-examined the wonderful Laumann- Knoke
data set from The Organizational State of health and energy
lobbying networks from the 1980s, studying the inter-relationship
between network structure and access in Washington DC. Our
papers found that weak ties were especially important in determining
information flows (1), but that in domains where information
was particularly in demand strong ties were more important
(2). Finally (3), we studied the structure of inter-lobbyist
relationships, focusing on the role of micro-level brokerage
within the network.
(1) Daniel Carpenter, Kevin Esterling
and David Lazer, "Strength
of Weak Ties in Lobbying Networks: Evidence from Health-Care
Politics in the United States," Journal of Theoretical
Politics, October 1998, 417-444.
(2) Daniel Carpenter, Kevin Esterling
and David Lazer, "The
Strength of Strong Ties: A Model of Contact-Making in
Policy Networks with Evidence
from the U.S. Health Politics," Rationality
and Society, November 2003.
(3) Daniel Carpenter, Kevin
Esterling and David Lazer, "Friends,
Brokers and Transitivity: Who Informs Whom in Washington Politics?"
Journal of Politics, February 2004.
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