Encyclopedia of Social Network Analysis and Mining

2018 Edition
| Editors: Reda Alhajj, Jon Rokne

Social Networks and Politics

  • Elena Pavan
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4939-7131-2_39



Social Networks

A specific form of social organization based on patterns of communication and exchange amongst actors involved


A wide variety of dynamics aimed at the production of public purpose, from the expression of visions, to the production of policies and regulations to norms consolidation


The more time goes by, the more the nexus between social networks and politics becomes a paramount and yet complex site for developing critical reflections and innovative research practices at the crossroads between social and computational sciences. In comparison to only a few years ago, when the conceptual and empirical effort of this Encyclopediabegun, what we framed as “future perspectives” of research – essentially, the necessity to understand the role of digital communication networks within the vast realm of politics – is today something we deal with on a regular...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Humanities and Social SciencesScuola Normale SuperioreFlorenceItaly

Section editors and affiliations

  • Fabrizio Silvestri
    • 1
  • Andrea Tagarelli
    • 2
  1. 1.Yahoo IncLondonUK
  2. 2.University of CalabriaArcavacata di RendeItaly