Information, Persuasion, and Political Communication Networks

Robert Huckfeldt

in The Oxford Handbook of Political Behavior

Published in print August 2007 | ISBN: 9780199270125
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 Information, Persuasion, and Political Communication Networks

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This article presents a survey and interpretation of the contributions made by network theories on the study of citizens and democratic policies. The article serves as an overview of the topic. It begins by locating the network research within the rich substantive and theoretical tradition of individually and group-based studies of electoral politics and public opinion. It addresses some methodological issues in the study of political information networks. The article ends with the discussion of theoretical and substantive insights that were generated in several studies, such as the study of communication and persuasion among citizens.

Keywords: network theories; network research; electoral politics; public opinion; methodological issues; study of political information networks; citizens and democratic policies

Article.  10179 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Political Behaviour ; Comparative Politics

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