Encyclopedia of Social Network Analysis and Mining

2018 Edition
| Editors: Reda Alhajj, Jon Rokne

Policy Networks: History

  • Frans N. Stokman
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4939-7131-2_85



(Voting) Power

The ability of authorities to codetermine collective decisions based on institutionally determined voting weights and the voting rules

Collective decision

A binding ruling for the system

Enforcement process

Shifts of voting position under pressure from a more powerful actor or coalition

Hierarchical/power networks

Networks based on institutionally determined rights


The ability of actors to have their interests reflected in collective decisions, strongly determined by direct or indirect access to authorities and by resources they can mobilize, resources to persuade authorities or to force them to take certain interests into account

Issue salience

How strongly the outcome on an issue affects important goals of an actor


A one-dimensional scale of possible outcomes on a controversial element in the collective decision

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Sociology, Interuniversity Center for Social Science Theory and MethodologyUniversity of GroningenGroningenThe Netherlands

Section editors and affiliations

  • Talel Abdessalem
    • 1
  • Rokia Missaoui
    • 2
  1. 1.telecom-paristechParisFrance
  2. 2.Department of Computer Science and EngineeringUniversité du Québec en Outaouais (UQO)GatineauCanada