Political Networks

Standing Group

Established 2008

Number of members: 203


  • Manuel Fischer (Universität Bern)
  • Petr Ocelík (Masaryk University)

Steering Committee

  • Monica Di Gregorio (University of Leeds)
  • Maria Brockhaus (University of Helsinki)
  • Marc Esteve Del Valle (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen)
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The relational approach to the study of political phenomena has known over time an increased popularity. The Standing Group on Political Networks is aimed at pushing forward the application of network perspectives and tools to enhance our understanding of a broad range of political dynamics characterizing contemporary societies - from social movements to individual political behaviors to the use of ICTs as a tool for democratic participation. To reach its aim, the Standing Group regularly organizes dissemination events and panels at both the ECPR general conference and session of workshops as well as in other conferences and venues. Moreover, the Political Networks SG is actively engaged in the effort of fostering continuous methodological innovation and novel multidisciplinary applications of networks at the crossroads between political science, sociology, communications, economics, antropology and graph theories. It welcomes scholars and young researchers from different disciplines and fields sharing passion and interest for networks (membership requests can be sent at politicalnets.ecpr@gmail.com). Updates on the Standing Group activities are available on Twitter (@politicalnets


The Standing Group plans to aid development of the field through:

  • Dissemination of publicity: conferences, panels and symposia in the field;
  • Assisting colleagues and organise SNA Panels or Workshops at ECPR events;
  • Publicising and promoting social network analysis specialised training;
  • Creating a compendium of freely available data;
  • Organising symposia to foster methodological innovations and novel applications in the field.

"...the good of man must be the objective of the science of politics" - Aristotle

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