Unpacking reputational power: Intended and unintended determinants of the assessment of actors' power

Fischer, Manuel; Sciarini, Pascal (2015). Unpacking reputational power: Intended and unintended determinants of the assessment of actors' power. Social Networks, 42(July), pp. 60-71. Elsevier 10.1016/j.socnet.2015.02.008

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The idea behind the reputational measure for assessing power of political actors is that actors involved in a decision-making process have the best view of their fellows' power. There has been, however, no systematic examination of why actors consider other actors as powerful. Consequently, it is unclear whether reputational power measures what it ought to. The paper analyzes the determinants of power attribution and distinguishes intended from unintended determinants in a data-set of power assessment covering 10 political decision-making processes in Switzerland. Results are overall reassuring, but nevertheless point toward self-promotion or misperception biases, as informants systematically attribute more power to actors with whom they collaborate.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Other Institutions > Teaching Staff, Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences
03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Social Sciences > Institute of Political Science
10 Strategic Research Centers > Centre for Development and Environment (CDE)

UniBE Contributor:

Fischer, Manuel

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 320 Political science

ISSN:

0378-8733

Publisher:

Elsevier

Language:

English

Submitter:

Jeremy Simeon Trottmann

Date Deposited:

19 Jul 2016 10:15

Last Modified:

15 Sep 2016 11:51

Publisher DOI:

10.1016/j.socnet.2015.02.008

Uncontrolled Keywords:

Collaboration, ERGM, Network, Reputational power, Validity

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.82817

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/82817

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