Interdependent policy instrument preferences: a two-mode network approach

Metz, Florence; Leifeld, Philip; Ingold, Karin (2018). Interdependent policy instrument preferences: a two-mode network approach. Journal of public policy, 39(4), pp. 609-636. Cambridge University Press 10.1017/S0143814X18000181

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In policymaking, actors are likely to take the preferences of others into account when strategically positioning themselves. However, there is a lack of research that conceives of policy preferences as an interdependent system. In order to analyse interdependencies, we link actors to their policy preferences in water protection, which results in an actor-instrument network. As actors exhibit multiple preferences, a complex two-mode network between actors and policies emerges. We analyse whether actors exhibit interdependent preference profiles given shared policy objectives or social interactions among them. By fitting an exponential random graph model to the actor-instrument network, we find considerable clustering, meaning that actors tend to exhibit preferences for multiple policy instruments in common. Actors tend to exhibit interdependent policy preferences when they are interconnected, that is, they collaborate with each other. By contrast, actors are less likely to share policy preferences when a conflict line divides them.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Social Sciences > Institute of Political Science
03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Social Sciences
10 Strategic Research Centers > Oeschger Centre for Climate Change Research (OCCR)

UniBE Contributor:

Metz, Florence Alessa; Leifeld, Philip and Ingold, Karin Mirjam

Subjects:

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

ISSN:

0143-814X

Publisher:

Cambridge University Press

Language:

English

Submitter:

Karin Mirjam Ingold Michel

Date Deposited:

07 Aug 2018 09:51

Last Modified:

03 Nov 2019 02:27

Publisher DOI:

10.1017/S0143814X18000181

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.119098

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/119098

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