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Networked Politics: Agency, Power, and Governance

by Miles Kahler Cornell University Press
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The concept of network has emerged as an intellectual centerpiece for our era. Network analysis also occupies a growing place in many of the social sciences. In international relations, however, network has too often remained a metaphor rather than a powerful theoretical perspective. In Networked Politics, a team of political scientists investigates networks in important sectors of international relations, including human rights, security agreements, terrorist and criminal groups, international inequality, and governance of the Internet. They treat networks as either structures that shape behavior or important collective actors. In their hands, familiar concepts, such as structure, power, and governance, are awarded new meaning.

Chapter 1. Networked Politics: Agency, Power, and Governance
by Miles Kahler

Part I. Networks as Structure: International and Domestic Consequences

Chapter 2. Globalization and the Social Power Politics of International Economic Networks
by Emilie M. Hafner-Burton and Alexander H. Montgomery

Chapter 3. Constitutional Networks
by Zachary Elkins

Part II. Networks and Collective Action

Chapter 4. Cutting the Diamond: Networking Economic Justice
by Helen Yanacopulos

Chapter 5. Turning to the "Dark Side": Coordination, Exchange, and Learning in Criminal Networks
by Michael Kenney

Chapter 6. Collective Action and Clandestine Networks: The Case of al Qaeda
by Miles Kahler

Part III. Power and Accountability in Networks

Chapter 7. The Politics of Networks: Interests, Power, and Human Rights Norms
by David A. Lake and Wendy H. Wong

Chapter 8. The Politics and Power of Networks: The Accountability of Humanitarian Organizations
by Janice Gross Stein

Part IV. Networks and International Governance

Chapter 9. Delegation, Networks, and Internet Governance
by Peter Cowhey and Milton Mueller

Chapter 10. Varieties of Cooperation: Government Networks in International Security
by Mette Eilstrup-Sangiovanni

Chapter 11. The Power of Networks in International Politics
by Kathryn Sikkink


''This pathbreaking volume generates a set of exciting research questions about the role of networks in world politics, and offers some innovative methodologies to facilitate their empirical investigation. Anyone interested in new ways of thinking about world politics should read Networked Politics.''-Robert O. Keohane, Princeton University

Miles Kahler is Rohr Professor of Pacific International Relations and Distinguished Professor of Political Science at the University of California, San Diego.