Trading favors—Examining the temporal dynamics of reciprocity in congressional collaborations using relational event models

Brandenberger, Laurence (2018). Trading favors—Examining the temporal dynamics of reciprocity in congressional collaborations using relational event models. Social networks, 54, pp. 238-253. Elsevier 10.1016/j.socnet.2018.02.001

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The norm of reciprocity shapes social interactions over time and should therefore be analyzed using longitudinal designs. This paper examines the temporal dynamics of reciprocity in the setting of legislative cosponsorship in the 113th U.S. Congress (2013–2015). Rather than aggregating cosponsoring events into network snapshots, cosponsoring events are ordered in time and reflect an event sequence of members supporting bills at distinct points in time. The norm of reciprocity is tested to see if it affects (a) new collaboration clusters emerging over time or (b) the time-to-cosponsoring. Findings suggest that receiving cosponsoring support recently, leads to future collaborations. However, this finding holds only for Republican members of Congress. Furthermore, reciprocity demands do not expedite cosponsorship support and members do not react faster to favors they received, calling mitigating effects of reciprocity on collective action into question.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Social Sciences > Institute of Political Science

UniBE Contributor:

Brandenberger, Laurence

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 320 Political science
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology

ISSN:

0378-8733

Publisher:

Elsevier

Language:

English

Submitter:

Laurence Brandenberger

Date Deposited:

22 Jun 2018 09:57

Last Modified:

01 Apr 2020 02:30

Publisher DOI:

10.1016/j.socnet.2018.02.001

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.117344

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/117344

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